MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2012) - On August 21st and 22nd, Welcome Hall Mission will be distributing 2,600 back-packs filled with school supplies to disadvantaged children during our annual Back-to-School with Heads Held High event.

In Montreal, the drop-out rate is more than 40% and underprivileged children are affected the most. Four out of five boys from disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout Montreal do not complete their high school education. The effects of poverty have been linked to lower quality of health, income and education levels. Providing underprivileged children with the tools they need to start the academic year off right encourages them to stay in school and improve their quality of life.

To mark this 11th edition, Welcome Hall Mission has prepared two full days of activities and entertainment around a "Day on the farm" theme. 2,600 children will get to see live animals, performers, farmers, professional animators and many more surprises!

WHAT: 11th edition of Back-to-School with Heads Held High
Free distribution of school supplies
WHEN: Tuesday, August 21st & Wednesday, August 22nd
9a.m. - 4p.m. (closed 12-1p.m.)
WHERE: Welcome Hall Mission - Multiservice Centre
4755 D Acorn Street (corner De Courcelle)
(St-Henri) Montreal, QC H4C 3L6
WHY: To encourage children to stay in school, get them excited about the school year & to raise awareness in Montreal about the issue of poverty and its effect on children

Welcome Hall Mission would like to thank ALDO and UPS for their partnership, as well as all 182 volunteers, individual donors and sponsors for making this distribution possible.

Contact Information:

Marissa Mckenzie
Multimedia coordinator
Welcome Hall Mission
514.523.5288 ext. 340