Henry Schein’s 22nd “Back to School” Programme

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Team Schein helps kids return to school with confidence

Helping students in need around the world return to school with confidence, Henry Schein recently held its 22nd annual “Back to School” programme.

This year, the Company provided nearly 5,000 children with backpacks and school supplies at Henry Schein locations across Canada, Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Since the programme’s inception in 1998 the Company has helped more than 50,000 children.

At many company locations, children who participate in “Back to School” also receive books and hygiene products donated by Henry Schein, as well as first day of school outfits purchased by Team Schein Members. The “Back to School” programme is a flagship initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company’s global corporate social responsibility programme.

Gerry Benjamin, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Henry Schein, explained: “Team Schein looks forward to the ‘Back to School’ programme every year because it gives us an opportunity to give back to our community and help these amazing kids start another successful school year.

“It’s incredible to think that the ‘Back to School’ programme is more than 20 years old, but I believe I speak for all of Team Schein when I say our commitment to this programme and these families grows stronger every year.”

Henry Schein Ireland cooperated with Barnardos whose mission it is to deliver services and work with families, communities, and their partners to transform the lives of vulnerable children who are affected by adverse childhood experiences.

Team Schein Members from the UK worked closely with the Ely & Caerau Integrated Children’s Centre Nursery (ECCC) which was Cardiff’s first Integrated Children's Centre and has been open and operational for families since June 2005.

The ECCC was built with the aim of “improving health, education and the emotional development of young children and families through an integrated approach”. The Centre serves those living in the local communities of Ely and Caerau.

In both countries, this initiative was part of Henry’s Angels, formed in January 2011 by Team Schein Members, who wanted to put together a lasting programme of volunteers wishing to give back to the local community.

Henry’s Angels is present in four locations in the UK, one in Ireland, and one in South Africa, and have organised more than 40 projects that have involved in excess of 400 volunteers working more than 4,000 hours.

The Angels support at least four projects each year and have received backing from local companies, hotels, and services. Their latest news can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hshenrysangels.