We Helped More Than 5,000 Students Around The World Through ‘Back To School’ Program
We Provided Students with Backpacks, School Supplies, and New Clothes.
We are helping underserved children around the world head back to school with confidence by providing them with backpacks, school supplies, and new clothes through our 21st annual “Back to School” program. More than 5,000 kids participated in this year’s program at 30 of our office locations in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, and Spain. 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 our company, and at many company locations, first-day-of-school outfits. The “Back to School” program is a flagship initiative of our company’s global corporate social responsibility program.
“The ‘Back to School’ program has long been a Team Schein favorite because it allows us 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. “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 fun activities.
The company partnered with 10 local social service organizations to pre-identify the participating children and their families: Bethany House; Espoir Youth Program, Inc.; 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 who understands that, and we thank all of you for your commitment to helping families in need.”