The Meaning of Home results are in and the winners have been selected!
In a year when our homes played venue to online classrooms, boardrooms, milestones and mundane moments alike, Habitat for Humanity Canada was interested in hearing the answer to the question, what does home mean to you? Over 12,000 kids answered the call, making the 2021 annual Meaning of Home writing contest a record year in terms of the number of submissions received from students in grades 4, 5 and 6 sharing a poem or short essay about what home means to them. This year’s Meaning of Home contest also raised a record of $300,000 for local Habitat for Humanity organizations home building across Canada and a total of $48,000.00 for Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin.
Every year, there are three grand prize winners, one from each grade, who win a $30,000 grant for their local Habitat for Humanity build, and Kara T. from Orangeville, Ontario, is the grade 6 grand prize winner this year. Her $30,000 grant will be going to Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin. Click here to read Kara T’s winning entry, “What home means to me”. Watch the video here of the three grand prize winners reading their submissions.
Nine runners up won $10,000 each towards their local Habitat for Humanity build. Grade 4 student Mya W. from Georgetown, Ontario, won a $10,000 grant towards Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin. Click here to read Mya W’s entry, “My home”.
In addition, each student entry also earns a $10 donation for their local Habitat. Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin received 807 entries, contributing $8070. Along with Kara T’s and Mya W’s grants, the final amount comes to $48,070.
These much-needed funds will go towards building homes for families in need of an affordable and decent place to call home.
We are extremely proud of all the students in Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin who submitted entries this year!
To read all the winning entries, please visit: meaningofhome.ca/winners-2021.
Check out Kara T. being presented with her certificate and the $30, 000 grant cheque:
Check out Mya being presented with her certificate and $10,000 grant cheque: