Marystown student wins $5,000 grant to help build homes

Home sweet home

Published on March 17, 2017

Amanda Kavanagh presented a $5,000 donation to the St. John’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity last week. Amanda was one of 10 runners-up in the contest.

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Home means many things to many people.

Amanda Kavanagh, a Grade 5 student at Sacred Heart Academy in Marystown, shared her thoughts of what home means to her. 

For her efforts she was selected as one of the runners up in Genworth Canada’s Meaning of Home Contest.

The contest is open to Grade 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada.

“You do an essay, poster or a poem about your home, and you explain how you love your home and stuff like that,” said the 10-year-old. 

Amanda took inspiration for her contest entry from a poem entitled “From her family and home”. 

Amanda said that she liked the idea of knowing that by taking part in the contest she was helping another family.

For every submission a student made to the contest, Genworth Canada donates $5 to Habitat for Humanity, but this year, because it is the tenth anniversary of the contest, $10 was donated.

“So you were helping more,” she said. 

Amanda received the exciting news in February that she had been selected as a runner up.

“I cried for 10 straight minutes,” she said. “I was really happy.”

For being chosen as a runner up, Amanda was awarded $5,000 to be donated to a Habitat for Humanity location of her choice.

“I picked St. John’s cause it’s closest and it’s (in) my province,” she said. 

She also received an IPod and a pizza party for her class.  

Now in it’s tenth year, the contest supports Habitat for Humanity Canada.



Amanda's contest entry


A Place to call home

A place to call home

A place to roam

A place to stay with your family and play

A home is a place to be filled with glee

A place to be full with joy you see

A home is a place to have your fun

Sit outside with your family in the bright yellow sun

The home that you live in teaches you what is false and what is true.

It teaches you the basic lessons like quack and moo

But there is something that I don’t like to say

There are some people who have no place to stay

No place to sleep or rest

No place to say what is best

They have no roof over their heads

They might use a coat or sweater instead

A home is a place to keep you safe from the day

You were born

To keep you safe from a cold winter storm

It also makes you feel free

A place to just be

A place to call home

A place to roam

One simple thing called a house

Can be grateful even for the smallest mouse