MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based practitioners, is helping a record number of children return to school wearing new outfits and carrying backpacks filled with school supplies and hygiene products through the 13th annual Henry Schein Back-to-School program. This year, the Back-to-School program is supporting more than 2,200 children in 15 U.S. and Canadian cities. Since its creation in 1998, this flagship initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global social responsibility program, has served approximately 11,000 children throughout North America.
The largest of the Back-to-School event will take place today at the Company's world headquarters in Melville, N.Y. A picnic, including dinner, games and music, will be held for nearly 600 Long Island children who were identified with the help of eight local social service agencies in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. During the event, the children will receive their backpacks, as well as new, first day back-to-school outfits personally selected and paid for by Team Schein Members. Additional Henry Schein Back-to-School events have taken place throughout August in Denver, Pa.; Sparks, Nev.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Bastian, Va.; Indianapolis, Ind.; West Allis, Wis.; Grapevine, Texas; American Fork, Utah; Greenville, S.C.; Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Calgary, Alberta; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
"Of our many annual Henry Schein Cares events, the Back-to-School program is special because it so closely links Team Schein Members with children in many of the local communities where we operate," said Gerry Benjamin, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Henry Schein.
"We also are very grateful to our