Habitat for Humanity Canada kicks off national student writing ­contest

Record Staff

Habitat for Humanity is looking for poems or essays from students in Grades 4,5 and 6 for a writing competition to raise funds for local builds. The theme for the writing contest, which will run until Feb.21, is the Meaning of Home. Founded by Genworth Canada in 2007, the Meaning of Home contest has raised over $1.5 million dollars towards helping to build decent and affordable housing in communities across Canada. Last year, over 8,000 Grades 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada shared what home means to them and this year, Habitat for Humanity Canada is hoping for a record-breaking 10,000 submissions. Three grand prize winners, one from each grade, will receive a $30,000 grant to be directed to the local Habitat build of their choice. Nine runners up, three from each grade, will also receive a $10,000 grant towards a local Habitat build. Every student entry earns a $10 donation towards their local Habitat for ­Humanity ensuring that communities benefit from each student’s participation. By press time yesterday, 60 entries had been submitted from students in Manitoba (25), Nova Scotia (24) and Ontario (11), raising $600 for the campaign so far. There were no submissions by Quebec students as of yesterday. The contest website keeps a tally of all the submissions from different provinces. See full story in the Wednesday, Jan. 8 edition of The Record.

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