Family Treasures Essay Competition 2016


What it's about

EVERY FAMILY has items that are special to them. These treasures might be an old family bible that a great-grandmother brought from England or it might be the hubcap from a father’s first car that has special meaning. It may be a favorite family recipe or a story that is told over and over again. Whatever the ‘treasure’, it has special meaning to someone and a story behind it.

History can come alive when children identify with what they learn. History is more than lists of dates and wars and countries changing governments. It is about the changes in the lives of people that we know.

The Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations  has long been an advocate for the promotion of literacy in children and youth that will lead to the development of life-long learners and life-long readers. Our Family Treasures contests have produced some wonderful essays over the years.

The QFHSA, in partnership with the Community Learning Centers, is launching the

2016 Family Treasures Essay Competition

on January 27, 2016 and is inviting Cycle 3 and Secondary 1 and 2 students to participate.


The Family Treasures Essay Competition is a wonderful opportunity to combine the elements of both the English Language Arts program with that of History as an ‘in class’ project where children can explore their own sense of self as well as their own family’s history. It is also a wonderful opportunity for students to discover the diversity of cultures in their own classroom.

By researching, asking questions, and writing about what they learned creatively, they have an opportunity to share that history and culture with their classmates and their community.

If you believe your children may be interested in participating in this project as part of their Literacy week activities, please contact me. If a child would like to participate individually, apart from a class initiative, also please let us know.

For more information on this essay project, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Carol Meindl
Executive Director, QFHSA
3285 Cavendish Blvd
Suite 560
Montreal, QC H4B 2L9



The Quebec Federation of Home & School Associations (QFHSA) is an independent, incorporated not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the education and general well-being of children and youth.

The Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations promotes the involvement of parents, students, educators and the community at large in the advancement of learning and acts as a voice for parents.