Henry Schein Helps Children Go Back to School for Seventh Consecutive Year
MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 2, 2004--
Over 2,200 Children Have Benefited from Annual Program Designed to
Boost Self-Esteem in the Classroom
There are three sure signs that a new school year is about to
begin: days are getting shorter, people are making plans for the long
Labor Day weekend, and Henry Schein Team Schein Members are stuffing
backpacks with terrific new first-day outfits and school supplies to
make children feel great when they step back in the classroom.
Henry Schein's Back-to-School Program, a Henry Schein Cares
initiative now in its seventh year, has become as predictable as the
changing of the seasons, and greatly appreciated by hundreds of
children ages 5-18 on Long Island and in other areas of the country
where the Company operates. The program began in 1998 in Melville,
N.Y., where Henry Schein (NASDAQ: HSIC), the largest distributor of
healthcare products and services to office-based practitioners in the
combined North American and European markets, is headquartered. That
year, the Company furnished clothing and school supplies to 75
children, working with local social service organizations to identify
the recipients. Since that time, the program has grown beyond the
boundaries of Long Island and helped an increasing number of children
each year. Including the 2004 campaign, over 2,200 children in New
York, Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Nevada, South Carolina, and
Wisconsin will have benefited from the Back-to-School Program.
"We are proud to support a number of worthy programs around the
world, but none surpasses the immediate positive impact in our own
communities of our Back-to-School Program," said Gerry Benjamin,
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Henry
Schein. "Team Schein Members know that the simple things they are
providing--shoes, clothing, a backpack with school supplies--can make
school a happier and more productive experience for these children.
"They are eager to contribute their own money and free time to
shop for school necessities, fill the backpacks, and distribute them
to children, whose smiles are our reward. By helping to enrich the
lives of children who are our neighbors, we feel that we also are
enriching our own lives."
This year's program will sponsor over 700 children around the
country. The highlight of each package is a fabulous back-to-school
outfit, including new shoes, socks, pants or skirts, shirts, and
undergarments. In addition, children receive a backpack filled with
school supplies, hygiene products, and other items to make their first
day of school happy, stress-free and enjoyable.
"Numerous studies have indicated the integral link between self
esteem and achievement in children, and the fact that a positive self
image can help steer children away from many of the potential problems
they may encounter as they mature," said Donna Teichner, LCSW, Program
Coordinator for the Family and Children's Association based in
Minneola, New York. "Most of us remember the strong desire to fit in
with our peers in school, and Henry Schein's Back-to-School Program
addresses this in a meaningful way. By providing children with
clothing and supplies, they are helping to close the gap between these
children whose families are struggling and their classmates, boosting
their self esteem and confidence at an important time."
In addition to donations by Team Schein Members and contributions
from the Company, Henry Schein has inspired numerous other local
businesses and Henry Schein vendors to provide valuable support for
the 2004 Back-to-School program.
About Henry Schein and Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein, a Fortune 500(R) company, is recognized for its
excellent customer service and highly competitive prices. The
Company's four business groups--Dental, Medical, International and
Technology--serve more than 450,000 customers worldwide, including
dental practices and laboratories, physician practices and veterinary
clinics, as well as government and other institutions. The Company's
sales reached a record $3.4 billion in 2003. The Company operates
through a centralized and automated distribution network, which
provides customers in more than 125 countries with a comprehensive
selection of over 90,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand
Henry Schein also offers a wide range of innovative value-added
practice solutions, including such leading practice management
software systems as DENTRIX(R) and Easy Dental(R) for dental
practices, and AVImark(R) for veterinary clinics, which are installed
in over 50,000 practices; and ArubA(R), Henry Schein's electronic
catalog and ordering system.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein employs more than
9,000 people and operates in 16 countries. For more information, visit
the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.
Henry Schein Cares is the cornerstone of the Company's
multifaceted and coordinated social responsibility program. The
mission of Henry Schein Cares is to assist in narrowing the disparity
in the delivery of healthcare services and information in underserved
communities, both in the United States and abroad, by providing
resources to support the programs of community-based healthcare
professionals and their organizations.
CONTACT: Henry Schein, Inc.
Susan Vassallo, 631-843-5562
SOURCE: Henry Schein