Henry Schein's Back to School program, which was first introduced in 1998, is a program by which Team Schein Members partner with the Company to furnish clothing and school supplies to underserved children in the local areas to lift their spirits and increase their confidence in the classroom. Henry Schein Cares works in partnership with local not-for-profit social service organizations to identify recipients. Over the last 24 years, the Company has expanded Back to School from its inaugural program, which served 75 children, to coordinated programs at sites throughout the world where the Company operates, serving more than 60,000 children since the program's inception.
Team Schein Members contribute their time and money to shop for sponsored children's school clothes while the Company donates all school supplies. Children receive a backpack filled with school supplies, books and hygiene products to make their first day enjoyable and stress-free. At some Henry Schein locations, children receive new outfits for their first day of school. Every year, participating children are invited to Henry Schein facilities for a special party and distribution event where they are presented with their gifts to help make the school year a success.
Children's Home of Reading Back to School Program with Henry Schein, Inc.
In this video, William Hill, Vice President of U.S. Distribution – North at Henry Schein, speaks with Jill Troutman, Vice President of Communications at The Children's Home of Reading Youth and Family Services (CHORYFS), about the impact of Henry Schein Cares' Back to School program. This flagship initiative has been supporting CHORYFS since 2008, providing backpacks filled with essential school supplies to children and youth in their 12 program services. Team Schein Members (TSMs) volunteer to distribute the backpacks, an exciting opportunity to see the positive effects of giving back to the community firsthand. The event also features fun activities for the children to enjoy. Though in-person distribution did not take place in 2021, TSMs at the Denver, Pennsylvania distribution center came together to assemble over 350 backpacks and hygiene kits for CHORYFS. Henry Schein recognizes the importance of giving children the tools that they need to succeed in this unprecedented time. With the help of the Back to School program, they can confidently take on the new school year.
The Children's Home of Reading Youth and Family Services is a multi-faceted social service nonprofit offering specialized psychiatric residential, educational, and community-based programs to help both at-risk children and their families. With offices in Berks County, Schuylkill County, and the greater Lehigh Valley, CHORYFS cares for the needs of children and families in crisis from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and has been serving their community for over a century.
Backpacks Get Kids Ready for New School Year
The Grapevine, Texas, team was featured on NBC 5 Dallas Fort-Worth for its donation to Summer Santa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children in need. The Grapevine team and Summer Santa have partnered for more than 8 years to help furnish school supplies to pre-identified children in the local area.
24th Annual Back To School Program 2021
In 2021, Team Schein Members at 22 locations in the U.S., Canada, Spain, and Ireland, donated backpacks filled with school supplies to almost 4,500 children.
"Thanks to initiatives such as Henry Schein's Back to School program, the children of the socio-educational project that we have developed in Puente Vallecas, Madrid, can have brand new backpacks, school supplies, and clothes with which to face the return to school more easily," said Beatriz Lopez, Social Worker, ICEAS Asociación (The Association for Cooperation and Social Support for School Integration). "Initiatives of this nature favor equal opportunities for boys and girls since it is possible that they can wear new clothes and bring new material to school just like the rest of their classmates."
The "Back to School" program has evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic to safely meet the needs of local communities.
"We're so very grateful to Henry Schein for all their years of service to us and to our families and children," said Mark Wenzel, Assistant Director of the Long Island, N.Y.-based YES Community Counseling Center. "There's nothing more important than a young person starting a school year feeling good about themselves and having the tools that they need. Henry Schein has been providing those tools to our children, so we're very grateful and we just want to say, 'thank you.'"