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Harry Balfour School learns "meaning of home"

Students at Harry Balfour School will be receiving a special award tomorrow to recognize them for their participation in a national writing contest.

The school submitted more than 50 stories and poems on what home means the them to the contest, earning them a Spirit Award.

Principal Wendy Crispin explains the participation was really student-driven.

“Our grade fives and sixes found out about the contest “The Meaning of Home” and they found out that for every essay they contributed, five dollars was given to a homeless society, so they really felt that in writing the essays they were making a postive difference.”

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The contest was a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Genworth Canada, a mortgage insurer that helps first time home owners.

The aim is both raise awareness of homelessness and make home ownership affordable in Canada.

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