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Over 2,000 Backpacks Donated Across Metro Detroit

September 5, 2018


(Sept. 5, 2018) – To support families this back to school season, Great Expressions Dental Centers donated more than 2,000 backpacks featuring school and dental supplies to families in Southeast Michigan. As part of this community-based initiative, Great Expressions teamed up with National Heritage Academies to donate over 1,600 backpacks to students across eight schools in Canton, Livonia, Romulus, Ypsilanti, Pontiac and Waterford. The organization also hosted donation events at six of its offices in Metro Detroit, donating 100 school bags to families at each location.

“For a positive start to the school year, it is imperative that students are well equipped with the supplies they need,” said Dan Hirschfeld, Great Expressions CEO. “Providing students with everyday school supplies means one less thing for families to worry about during a hectic time of year.”

The school bags given to students included notebooks, pencils, folders and other school supplies. Given Great Expressions’ continued commitment to oral health, the school bags were also filled with dental hygiene items to maximize academic achievement and encourage oral health as a vital component to an overall healthy life.

On average, families spend up to $600 a year in school supplies, per child. As students attended their back to school orientation and connected with faculty and friends, they also received a visit from a member of the Great Expressions dental team. Great Expressions continues to support families and students through its commitment to providing quality dental healthcare and impactful experiences to the communities the organization serves.

Great Expressions donated school bags to the following schools:

Achieve Charter Academy, Canton Metro Charter Academy, Romulus
South Canton Scholars South Pointe Scholars, Ypsilanti
Canton Charter Academy Oakside Scholars Academy, Waterford
Grand River Academy, Livonia Walton Charter Academy, Pontiac

Photos of the orientation events can be downloaded for your use:

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About Great Expressions Dental Centers

For nearly 40 years, Great Expressions Dental Centers has been a leader in preventative dental care, orthodontics and specialty care with offices in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Great Expressions is consistently recognized for contributions to improving oral health through quality and safety initiatives, affordable dental care services, patient convenience, research and more. Great Expressions Dental Centers branded practices are independently-owned and operated in specific states by licensed dentists and their professional entities who employ the licensed professionals providing dental treatment and services. ADG, LLC provides administrative and business support services and licenses the Great Expressions Dental Centers brand name to independently-owned and operated dental practices. ADG does not own or operate dental practices, or employ the licensed professionals providing dental treatment and services. For more information, please visit


Tonie Wells, on behalf of Great Expressions Dental Centers
Lambert, Edwards & Associates

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