For the 26th consecutive year, Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is ensuring children worldwide start the academic year on the right foot through its “Back to School” program. This initiative is a cornerstone of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program. Team Schein Members at 32 locations in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland are supplying nearly 5,000 students with backpacks filled with school supplies and hygiene essentials. More events are planned this year in Italy and Spain. Since the program’s inception in 1998, the company has assisted over 65,000 children in returning to the classroom well-prepared for a successful school year.
On August 17, Henry Schein hosted its first in-person “Back to School” event at its global headquarters in Melville, N.Y. since the pandemic began. Approximately 400 pre-selected children and their families received backpacks, school supplies, and gift cards to choose their own first-day-of-school outfits. The event also featured a BBQ, games, music, crafts, and other activities, including an interactive science presentation. Moreover, there was a tent with complimentary books donated by Team Schein Members and KPMG LLP, a U.S. audit, tax, and advisory firm, as part of their Family for Literacy program in partnership with the nonprofit social enterprise, First Book. This was just one of several “Back to School” events taking place worldwide, offering participating children and families a joyous start to a successful school year.
“Over the past two and a half decades, Team Schein’s dedication to the ‘Back to School’ program has only grown stronger,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “By investing in the educational journey of these exceptional children, we are strengthening the future of our communities. The resilience and potential these students possess inspires Henry Schein to continue doing our part to ensure children within our communities have equal opportunities to thrive.”
Henry Schein partnered with 10 local social service organizations to pre-identify the participating children and their families for the Melville event: Bethany House; Espoir Youth Program, Inc.; Family and Children’s Association; Family Service League; Hispanic Counseling Center; Nassau County Department of Social Services; The Raymar Children’s Fund; SCO Madonna Heights; WellLife Network; and YES Community Counseling Center.
“Every year, collaborating with Team Schein on the ‘Back to School’ initiative renews our commitment to supporting the futures of our children,” said Erica Schifano, Assistant Vice President of the Family Support Division, Family and Children’s Association. “In the face of financial adversities, the start of the academic year can be stressful for many families. Through the ‘Back to School’ program, we strive to alleviate this burden by providing children with essential school supplies, books, and additional resources. Our aim is not only to prepare them for the school year ahead, but to empower them with the confidence they need to excel in their educational journeys.”
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About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares stands on five pillars: empowering Team Schein to reach their potential, advancing health equity and expanding access to care for underserved communities, accelerating environmental sustainability, strengthening and diversifying our supply chain, and maintaining strong ethical governance. Healthcare activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on four main areas: (1) wellness, treatment, prevention, and education; (2) capacity building; (3) emergency preparedness and disaster response; and (4) health system strengthening.
Rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the philosophy of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the purpose-driven vision of Henry Schein Cares is “doing well by doing good.” Our commitment to sustained, long-term economic success while also creating shared value for society is achieved through the work of Henry Schein Cares and our stakeholder model that engages all five constituents of our Mosaic of Success. To learn more about how we are making a difference, please visit www.henryschein.com/corporatecitizenship.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a solutions company for healthcare professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 23,000 Team Schein Members worldwide, the company’s network of trusted advisors provides more than 1 million customers globally with more than 300 valued solutions that help improve operational success and clinical outcomes.
Our business, clinical, technology, and supply chain solutions help office-based dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so they can provide quality care more effectively. These solutions also support dental laboratories, government, and institutional healthcare clinics, as well as other alternate care sites.
Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 300,000 branded products and Henry Schein corporate brand products in our distribution centers.
A Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500® index, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 33 countries and territories. The company’s sales reached $12.6 billion in 2022 and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 12.1 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.
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