The Countdown is on! You can sign up to receive contest updates and register your class anytime between now and January 3rd, 2021. The contest opens for submissions on January 4th, 2021 and the final submission deadline is February 19th, 2021. Winners will be announced June, 2021.
What is this contest?
The Meaning of Home contest, which runs from January 4th, 2021 to February 19th, 2021, invites Grades 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada to submit a written poem or essay (in English or French) explaining what home means to them for a chance to direct a $30,000 grant to a local Habitat for Humanity. There is no cost to enter.
Since 2007, over 58,000 students have participated in the Meaning of Home contest. Thanks to their inspiring words, and the support of founding sponsor Sagen Canada and award sponsors Revera Inc. and Swiffer, the Meaning of Home contest has raised over $1.5 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.
Each entry results in a $10 donation to Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga and the grand prize winner in each grade gets to direct a $30,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga. The grand prize winner also receives an iPad. The class of each grand prize winner will receive a pizza party.
Nine runners-up (3 per grade) will also get to direct a $10,000 grant towards Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga.
Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga is supporting students locally this year with these additional prizes:
$500.00 Staples Gift Card for the teacher of the winning student
$2,500.00 Staples Gift Card to the school with the most entries
$25.00 Staples Gift Cards for the class of the winning student (x30)