Welcome Hall Mission

Welcome Hall Mission

August 23, 2007 00:01 ET

Back to School with Heads Held High: Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation, TELUS and La Presse Join Forces with Welcome Hall Mission to Fight Against the School Dropout Phenomena

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2007) - Today and tomorrow, August 24, 2007, over 2, 000 underprivileged children from the greater Montreal area will receive more than 50, 000 school supplies that meet the Montreal School Board requirement.

This monumental school supply distribution organised by Welcome Hall Mission will take place at its Multi-Service Centre in St-Henri. With this event, the Mission hopes to give children from poor families a chance to start the school year with a sense of dignity, belonging and pride in their education.

The 6th edition of "Back to School with Heads Held High", starting at 9 o'clock on Thursday, August 23rd, is the largest yet. This year, the Mission was granted the support of prestigious partners such as the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation, Telus and La Presse, whose great generosity has made this important event possible.

The average value of a back-pack filled with school supplies is estimated at over $100. Thanks to the generous contributions of the partners, each child will receive a brand new schoolbag filled with supplies such as scientific calculators for high school students, dictionaries, pens, glue sticks, lunch boxes and so much more. Welcome Hall Mission would have not been able to rise to this challenge without the support of its many other partners such as: Steadtler, Yellow, Henkel, Corlab, BIC World, Hachette Canada Inc., centre TYPO, Fidelity Investments Canada Ltd, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, Great West Life and the South-West Borough of Montreal.

With the dropout rate close to 40%, Quebec is one of the provinces most affected by this problem. The blight of this phenomenon on the economy and social fabric of our society cannot be ignored. In all of Quebec, Montreal is the city most affected. While Tuesday, August 28th marks the beginning of another school year, close to 5, 000 teenagers will not be returning to high school. According to the Ministry of Education, poverty is partly to blame.

Therefore, Welcome Hall Mission thought it necessary to grab the attention of the city's elect, thus allowing Jacqueline Montpetit, mayor of the South-West Borough, as well as Lisette Lapointe, Deputy of Cremazie, the opportunity to express themselves on the subject of education and poverty during this festive event.

Situated in Montreal for over 115 years, Welcome Hall Mission is a non-profit organization whose primary concern is the struggle against poverty. The Mission owns a total of three buildings in Montreal. Back To School with Heads Held High is an initiative of Welcome Hall Mission. This service does not receive any government funding.

Contact Information

  • Welcome Hall Mission
    Sandrine Perion
    Communications Coordinator
    514-523-5288 ext. 324