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MONTREAL, APRIL 21, 2014 – As students from Laurier Macdonald High School (7355 Viau) in St. Léonard work towards honouring their commitment of adopting two villages in the developing world by 2015, the school will receive an inspiring visit from Free the Children’s We Create Change tour on Thursday,  April 24  (1:15 p.m.).

Visiting the school will be Spencer West and Hannah Alper along with musical guest Neverest. The goal of their visit is to expose students to a movement of young people leading local and global change. Elementary students from Michelangelo International School in R.D.P. will also be in attendance for the event. .

Headlining the tour is Spencer West. At the age of five, West lost his legs from the pelvis down. Last year, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, using his hands and wheelchair. Spencer is a top-ranked keynoter, author of the best-selling book Standing Tall: My Journey, and star of the documentary Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West, which made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.
The students attending the workshop will be the key facilitators in Laurier Macdonald High School’s Adopt a Village program. By committing to adopting two villages, students will have to raise nearly $20,000 for educating children around the world. 

The Adopt a Village program supports community development in areas where there exists a high incidence of child labour, exploitation of children and minimal opportunities for the young females. Through the program, children and their families are provided with access to five pillars necessary in lifting communities and their residents from poverty: Education, Clean Water and Sanitation, Health, Alternative Income and Livelihood, and Agriculture and Food Security.
Together, these five pillars create a sustainable and holistic development model that helps to ensure that children and community members are empowered to break the cycle of poverty. Adopt a Village is currently implemented in Kenya, rural China, India, Sierra Leone, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Ghana.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
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