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“School Specialty is excited to join forces with Dr. Yvonne Pointer and the extended team of the
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
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
“We are elated and extremely grateful for the outpouring of support received from the School Specialty team through their generous donation of much-needed supplies for our young students and their teachers in Ghana. So many children don’t have access to the critical tools they need for everyday learning and improving their lives – even the most basic supplies of paper, pencils and chalk – so it is a wonderful blessing when partners such as School Specialty and We ACT can provide assistance and share their resources with us,” commented Dr. Yvonne Pointer, creator of the
In a presentation held this week at School Specialty’s Distribution Center in Mansfield, Ohio, around 75 representatives from the
School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. Through its SSI Guardian subsidiary, the Company is also committed to school, healthcare and corporate workplace safety by offering the highest quality curriculum, training and safety and security products. Finally, through its SOAR Life Products brand, the Company offers thousands of products that sharpen cognitive skills and build physical and mental strength in fun and creative ways. From childhood through adulthood, they help individuals live life to the fullest – engaged, happy and well. SOAR Life Products is a customized offering for hospitals, long-term care, therapeutic facilities, home care, surgery centers, day care centers, physician offices, and clinics. For more information about School Specialty, visit www.schoolspecialty.com.
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Company Contacts: Dr. Yvonne Pointer
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