employees put on a party and distributed new clothes and supplies
Thursday to about 600 Long Island children preparing for the start of
school next week.
Food, balloon animals, slides, face painting
and music were extra attractions for the children, who were invited to
the event in Melville by social service agencies in Dix Hills,
Huntington, Deer Park, East Northport and elsewhere.
Kathy Sullivan, associate director of strategic partnerships at SCO Family
of Services, said that sending kids in need to school with required
supplies and wearing new clothes meant, "It begins the school year just
right. It levels the playing field. And this is a celebration. It says
Schein employees bought clothing for individual
kids whose needs were identified by the agencies; the company donated
backpacks and school supplies.