The Meaning of Home

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“1.5 million Canadians are without affordable housing, according to Habitat for Humanity.”

What does “home” mean to you?

Habitat for Humanity and Genworth Financial* are having a contest aimed at getting kids thinking of the “meaning of home.”

The contest is open to Canadian students in grades four, five and six.

Statistics show that kids who have early, positive volunteer experiences are more likely to volunteer as they get older. The role of the contest was to provide youth with a voice on this important subject, ultimately creating a generation of more engaged, compassionate citizens
Genworth sponsored the Meaning of Home writing contest to encourage students across Canada to give back to the community by putting pencil to paper.

The 2007 contest received over 1,900 entries from students across Canada. The grand prize winner will take part in the ultimate gift – a new Habitat home for a deserving family. Genworth will donate $60,000 towards the building of a new Habitat home in a region chosen by the grand prize winner. The winner will also will receive a home computer system

Parents can visit the Meaning of Home website at for tips on how to get the family engaged. Teachers can get involved by downloading an education module at that allows them to incorporate the contest into their classroom while meeting core curriculum requirements.

*Genworth Financial Canada, The Home ownership Company, is Canada’s largest private sector supplier of mortgage default insurance. Genworth works with lenders, mortgage brokers, real estate agents and builders to help make the dream of home ownership more affordable and accessible throughout Canada

To the left is a photo of Grade six students at Crosby Heights Public School who are taking the challenge of affordable housing into their own hands through The Meaning of Home.

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