Windsor Student’s Heartwarming Poem Wins A $10,000 grant For Habitat For Humanity Windsor-Essex

Habitat for Humanity Canada has announced the winners in Meaning of Home, a national writing contest where children from across Canada share heartwarming poems and stories about what home means to them.

Grade 6 student Qinhao Z. from Windsor is a runner-up in the contest and wins a $10,000 grant for Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex for his entry “The meaning of home”.

Across Canada, three deserving grand prize winners and nine runners-up have been chosen from 15,000 entries submitted by grade 4, 5, and 6 students. All the submissions are poignant reminders of the comfort and joy that a safe home creates for a child.

Through their entries, students have raised $327,000 this year for local Habitat for Humanity organizations, bringing the total raised through the Meaning of Home contest to $2.7 million since its inception in 2007.

Everyone who entered earns a $10 donation to their local Habitat for Humanity with their submission. In addition, three grand prize winners receive a $30,000 grant for their local Habitat. Runners-up win a $10,000 grant for their local Habitat.

“This contest puts the power in the hands of the youth in our community, they have the skills and the passion to help change the world,” says Fiona Coughlin, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex.  “Teachers and school administrators who bring this contest into the classroom should be celebrated, this year alone more than $15,000 was raised by 576 local students who entered the contest – a record setting year for participation.  These funds will directly support construction of affordable homes in Sandwich Town.  The students are truly Habitat Heroes.”       

Qinhao and his classmates celebrated the occasion with a pizza party hosted by Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex on behalf of the contest sponsors.  Coughlin was able to attend the assembly where Qinhao’s school was able to hear his poem read and the children learned the impact and importance of their participation in this contest.

“Too many Canadians don’t have access to a safe and affordable home — a universal need,” states Julia Deans, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “Through their thoughtful descriptions of the comfort and safety of a home, along with the laughter and love it contains, these students are showing us the meaning of home through a child’s eyes. Congratulations to all the winners for their beautiful submissions.”

The Meaning of Home contest would not be possible without the generous support of Founding Sponsor Sagen and Award Sponsor Urban Systems Foundation.

According to Stuart Levings, President and CEO of Sagen: “Since the Meaning of Home contest began in 2007, over 120,000 students have shared what home means to them. With the support of Sagen as founding sponsor, these students have raised $2.7 million to help more families in need of homes build stronger lives through housing. It’s our privilege to support students in becoming caring citizens, and in providing safe and affordable homes for families.”