The Meaning of Home Contest

Do you have a child or student who is passionate about giving back to their community?

Habitat for Humanity wants to hear from them!

The Meaning of Home contest, which runs from January 3 to February 18, 2022, 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 win a $10,000 or $30,000 grant for your local Habitat for Humanity. Furthermore, each entry provides a $10 donation from our sponsors to Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.

Since 2007, over 80,000 students have participated in the Meaning of Home contest, raising over $1.7 million to build homes across Canada for families in need of safe 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.

The Meaning of Home contest is an activity that students will see as meaningful. It will challenge them to think creatively about a topic that directly impacts their lives—the meaning of home—and ultimately improve their writing skills. 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.

· Fostering proofreading, editing and revision skills.

Register and download our toolkit to access resources here. The toolkit can help you meet curriculum criteria in the area of Language/Language Arts.

With over 12,000 entries nation-wide last year, we cannot wait to see more amazing reflections on homes in 2022!

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