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Since the program’s inception in 1998, it has helped more than 50,000 children head back to school equipped for success.
Children who participate in “Back to School” also take home books and hygiene products donated by Henry Schein, and at many company locations, first-day-of-school outfits purchased by Team Schein Members. The “Back to School” program is a flagship initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program.
“The ‘Back to School’ program has long been a Team Schein favorite because it allows Team Schein Members to get involved in our community and help set these amazing kids on the path to self-confidence and academic achievement from the minute they step in the classroom,” said Gerry Benjamin, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Henry Schein. “It has been wonderful to watch so many participating children grow and achieve, and the joy on their faces only reinforces our commitment to giving back.”
The company recently hosted a “Back to School” event for more than 500 children and their families at its worldwide headquarters in Melville, N.Y. In addition to new clothes and school supplies, the children also enjoyed dinner, games, music, crafts, dress-up stations and other activities.
A video from the event can be viewed here:
The company partnered with 10 local social service organizations to pre-identify the participating children and their families: Bethany House; Espoir Youth Program; Family and Children’s Association; Family Service League; Hispanic Counseling Center; Madonna Heights; Nassau County Department of Social Services; The Raymar Children’s Fund; WellLife Network; and YES Community Counseling Center.
“The ‘Back to School’ program is a big financial help for many of the families we work with, but more importantly, it provides students with the tools they need to meet the challenges of a new school year,” said Theresa Sparrow-Gill, director of residential services at Bethany House. “Every child deserves the opportunity to return to school confident in the knowledge that they have the tools to succeed. We are so thankful to have a partner in Henry Schein who understands that, and we thank Team Schein for its commitment to helping families in need.”