School Specialty is honored to collaborate with the Gloria Pointer Foundation to provide students in Ghana, West Africa with much-needed supplies for their schooling and to help improve their quality of life through education.
Join forces with Founder Dr. Yvonne Pointer and her team supported by partner, We ACT, School Specialty shares the understanding that it is our duty to help others and that education is the foundation of our global community’s well-being, safety and prosperity. We believe the wide assortment of classroom supplies, including pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, chalk, math and science materials, physical education equipment, and games will greatly enhance the educational experience of the young students in Ghana and foster learning opportunities that empower them to be the best they can be.
Driven by the brutal murder of her 14-year old daughter Gloria in 1984, Dr. Yvonne Pointer not only became an advocate to find Gloria’s killer but she also became an advocate for children everywhere – not wanting another parent to ever suffer such an unspeakable loss. For more than three decades she has served as an activist and humanitarian, committed to creating a lasting legacy for her daughter and helping the youth in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, across the U.S. and around the world realize their dreams through education. As a result of her steadfast activism, the Gloria Pointer Foundation was formed, along with the Gloria Pointer Scholarship Fund in Cleveland and the Gloria Pointer Teen Movement in Ghana. The mission of these organizations is to reduce poverty and violence by increasing educational opportunities.
Following a chance exchange in 2003 with a Ghanaian boy who had lost all hope until he happened upon an article telling the story of Gloria, Dr. Pointer and her friends were inspired to make a difference in this boy’s life as well as the lives of many children they would eventually meet in several villages in Africa. Out of this, the Gloria Pointer Memorial School opened its doors in 2015 in Ghana. Since then three schools have been built and a fourth one is underway.
In a presentation held this week at School Specialty’s Distribution Center in Mansfield, Ohio, around 75 representatives from the Gloria Pointer Foundation, including Dr. Yvonne Pointer (founder) and Dr. Whitaker (mentor); Chief Nana Kodwo Eduakwa V of the Atonkwa village in Elmina, Ghana; the We ACT community advocacy group, including Brigitte Coles, Angel Ross-Taylor, Timothy Holt and Patricia Harrelson (co-founders); and the School Specialty team, including Joe Yorio (CEO), Todd Shaw (EVP – Operations), Joe Geltz (SVP – Process Excellence and Fulfillment), Johnny Cline (Director of Operations), Tim Dove (Senior Manager, Human Resources) and many other members of staff joined in a celebratory handover of the supplies.