St. Catherine CES student earns $5K for Habitat for Humanity in national writing contest

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By Jessica Nyznik, Peterborough Examiner

The local Habitat for Humanity is getting a $5,000 donation thanks to an essay written by an St. Catherine Catholic elementary school student.

Keira Finn is a Grade 4 student at St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School.

Her essay about the meaning of home earned her a spot as a runner up in the Genworth Canada Meaning of Home Writing Contest. It also garnered her a $5,000 grant to donate to the Habitat for Humanity of her choice.

Genworth MI Canada Inc., a private residential mortgage insurer, has run the contest in support of Habitat since 2007. Canadian students in Grades 4 to 6 can enter the competition with an essay or poem about the meaning of home. For every submission, Genworth donates $10 to the local Habitat in the student’s region.

The winner of the contest gets $50,000 to donate to Habitat for Humanity and runners up get $5,000.

Keira, 9, chose to direct her funds to Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and Kawartha Region (PKR).

“It feels pretty good,” Keira said of winning and supporting Habitat.

She and fellow Grade 4 student Ethan Fletcher were recognized Tuesday, April 3 at an assembly at their school. Ethan was chosen as a semi-finalist for his poem, Home.

Ethan, 9, was all smiles as he and his friends gathered for photos after the assembly.

“It’s nice,” Ethan said of the win.


Photo Credit: Clifford Skarstedt, Examiner