A sixth grader from Victoria took his love of words to new heights and scored a second prize, raising $10,000 for the local Habitat for Humanity treasury.
Levi Budd was among 13,000 students in grades 4, 5 and 6 who participated in the third consecutive Habitat for Humanity Canada “Meaning of Home” competition. Three grand prize winners each won a $30,000 local habitat grant, while nine runners-up received a $10,000 grant.
In his award-winning play, the St. Michaels University School student talks about himself and what a safe space is at home.
“If life is a raging, devastating, swaying, rough ocean, then my home is my dock. My home is my favorite thing on earth, although ice cream is a close second,” Budd writes.
The charity is pleased to receive a $10,000 grant for its building fund, according to the Director of Family Services at Habitat for Humanity Victoria.
“Essentially, school children in Victoria contribute directly to building homes in our community. We hope that next year even more students will have the opportunity to take part in this powerful competition. Special thanks to Levi, his classmates and all Greater Victoria attendees,” said Tiffany Gates.
Each student who entered the competition earned a $10 donation to their local Habitat in the competition, raising $311,000 for local Habitat for Humanity organizations across Canada.
Budd had a passion for words from a young age. Oak Bay News readers are familiar with his name as the boy behind the term “Levidrome,” which made headlines in 2018.
Then, at 6, he hoped to fill a gaping hole in the English language by inventing a new word and struggled to get it into the dictionary. Defined by Levi Budd, a levidrome is a word that contains the same lettering but means a different word when spelled backwards.
He had discovered palindromes – words or phrases like “bob” that read the same forwards and backwards – and couldn’t get enough of them.
While the #levidrome conversation continues online, it has yet to appear in the dictionary.
Visit meaningofhome.ca/page/winners2022 to read all winning work.
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