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Henry Schein, Inc., a world-wide solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology, is bringing its renowned Back to School Program to Windsor.

Collaborating with the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation, Team Schein members will provide clothing and school supplies to children to help lift their spirits and increase their confidence when getting ready to return to school and in the classroom. Fifty children involved with Kinship Services of the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society have been selected to participate in this year’s program.

Kinship Services consists of familiar family members, friends and community supports who provide a safe nurturing home to the child. Children living with kin can often remain at the same school, reside in the same neighbourhood and keep their same peer group while continuing to be connected to their extended family members. Kinship Services gives children a safe, loving, and stable family life.

Since the program’s inception in 1998, Team Schein Members around the world have helped more than 50,000 children head back to school ready for success. In addition to classroom essentials, Henry Schein donates books and hygiene products, as well as first-day-of-school outfits purchased by Team Schein Members. The “Back to School” Program is a flagship initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program.

“We are pleased to support the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation and its mission to provide help to children and their families. Each year, the Back to School program provides backpacks, school supplies and new clothes to children around the world. We look forward to continue to partner with organizations like the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation to help children return to the classroom with confidence.” – Henry Schein Canada President, Cy Elbourne

A special party and fun fair is planned for Saturday, August 10th in the parking lot of the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, located at 1671 Riverside Drive East when gift boxes will be distributed to all 50 children.

According to Derrick Drouillard, Executive Director of the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Henry Schein and its team members. The Back to School Program will create lasting memories of a positive start to a new school year for many of the children that are supported by the Society. The program, in its own way, strengthens families, which is a key part of our mandate.”

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