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Meaning of Home Contest

2018 Meaning of Home contest in support of
Habitat for Humanity


The Meaning of Home contest, which runs from January 7, 2019 to February 18, 2019, invites Grades 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada to submit a written poem or essay explaining what home means to them for a chance to direct $25,000 grant to a local Habitat for Humanity build of their choice. Since 2007, over 50,000 students have participated in the Meaning of Home contest! Thanks to their inspiring words, and Genworth Canada’s generous support, the Meaning of Home contest has raised over $1 million to build homes across Canada for families in need of decent and affordable housing.
The Meaning of Home contest offers a unique and meaningful way to get students involved in the creative writing process. The goal is to teach students about the importance of giving back to the community and foster their active participation as world citizens.
It is also a way for you to meet curriculum criteria in the area of Language/Language Arts. Some of the curriculum requirements that can be addressed through the assignment include:

  • Producing an original piece of work that encourages independent critical thought
  • Organizing ideas and writing for an intended purpose or audience
  • Writing to express thinking and communicate personal opinions
  • Developing proper grammar, spelling and punctuation

New for 2018, the campaign will extend over the full school year in four phases. We realize how busy you are, so we are giving you more time to incorporate the contest into classroom plans. PLUS students can enter via the website directly (with parental/guardian permission) as well as through your classroom.


October 1, 2018 to January 6, 2019          Teacher / classroom sign-up to receive more information
January 7, 2019                                             Contest opens for submissions
February 18, 2019                                         Contest closes
February 19, 2019                                         Judging of all entries
March 28, 2019 April 2019                         Winners are announced

Each grade will have a grand prize winner and three runners-up for a total of 12 prizes.
Grand Prize Winner (three total, one per grade) – $25,000
Each grade winner of the Meaning of Home contest will receive a $25,000 grant to direct to a local Habitat build of their choice. Additional prizes include an iPad and class pizza party.

3 Runner-up Prizes (nine total, three per grade) – $5,000
Three contest runners-up per grade will each receive a $5,000 grant towards a Habitat build project of their choice. Additional prizes include an electronic tablet and class pizza party.

And $10 per essay will be generously donated by the contest’s founding sponsor, Genworth Canada to your local Habitat for Humanity for every contest entry submitted by students in their region!

Sign Up to Stay Informed!

NEW this year, teachers can register their classrooms online at meaningofhome.ca

Now that you have signed up, you can download the digital toolkit found online. We’ve provided everything you need to get your students involved in the Meaning of Home contest.

We are very thankful for your support of the Meaning of Home contest! Your classroom participation is helping Canadian families access safe, decent and affordable homes.

For additional information please contact: 

Brittany Price
Community Engagement Coordinator
Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region
1-855-750-0620 ext. 221

Meaning of Home – Submission Form

Building on the momentum of last year’s success!

In 2017, we saw a record number of student participation in the Meaning of Home Contest! Over 450 local students submitted entries. Thanks to the generosity of Genworth Canada, this resulted in a donation of $4,790 to help build homes in our community.

Additionally, Keira Finn (grade 4 student from St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School) was one of 11 runners-up in the 2017 contest. As a runner-up, Keira has chosen to direct a grant of $5,000 to Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region. Ethan Fletcher, also in grade 4, was selected as a semi-finalist for his poem entitled ‘Home’. Local students can definitely make a difference through the Meaning of Home Contest!

Looking to further engage your students this year? We are happy to facilitate an interactive and educational presentation to your classroom about Habitat for Humanity and the Meaning of Home Contest. This is the best way to get students excited about participating and better understanding how their contribution works to help our community!



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