“What does home mean to you?” Until Nov. 13, Genworth Financial Canada is asking grades 4, 5, and 6 students across Canada to answer this question and write about what home means to them in the third annual Meaning of Home Contest.
The writing contest is in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada and designed to raise awareness among students on the importance of having a home. According to Habitat for Humanity statistics, 1.5 million Canadian families require affordable housing. By putting pen to paper, students have the opportunity to express their feelings and make a difference in their community.
“This initiative is more than a contest – it’s a movement that gives Canadian youth the ability to impact the lives of others,” says Peter Vukanovich, president and COO of Genworth Financial Canada. “Over the past two years, we have heard from thousands of students who will ultimately grow up to be more engaged, compassionate citizens. That’s what the Meaning of Home Contest is all about.”
Genworth Financial Canada will donate $60,000 towards the building of a new Habitat for Humanity home in a community of the grand prize winner’s choosing. The grand prize winner will also win a home computer system. Five runner-ups will be chosen.
The Meaning of Home Contest website at www.meaningofhome.ca has more information about the contest including instructions on how to participate, tips for parents on how to get the family engaged and a downloadable education module for teachers. The winner will be announced in January.