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23 Summer Coverage Ideas for Your 2023 Yearbook
Written by Jenica Hallman, CJE
The yearbook is tasked with the important responsibility of telling the story of the year. As more and more yearbooks choose chronological coverage, it begs the question: how much of the year do we cover?
Does the story of the year start when the school doors open and end when they close, or is summer a part of the that story too? And if you do include summer coverage, how can you keep the coverage from becoming repetitive year after year? Yes, it’s great to include pictures from summer vacations and trips to the lake or beach, but what else can you include to get more students in the yearbook? After all, more student coverage leads to more sales.
Utilize your social media pages to ask what students will be doing over the summer or to take polls. In the meantime, here are 23 ideas for summer coverage in the yearbook that you can take and put your own unique spin on to fit your student body.
- Unique or innovative summer jobs
- Summer school classes – Driver’s Ed, getting ahead, ACT/SAT prep
- Summer camps (band camp, church camp, yearbook camp, etc.)
- Summer daily schedule
- Summer reading lists – what did you read for fun?
- Summer concerts
- Summer hits/music playlists
- Back-to-school shopping
- Holiday celebrations/Fourth of July events
- Summer travel – school events, family vacations, mission trips, etc.
- Summer treats – favorite recipes and cool treats
- Off season training – staying in shape when school sports aren’t happening
- What are you saving your paycheck for? – Car, college, clothes, phone, etc.
- The great outdoors – favorite outdoor locations
- Summer clothing trends
- Watching younger siblings during the day
- Where to hang out with friends over the summer
- Hobbies – gardening, baking, exercising, summer sports leagues, etc.
- Going camping – where to go, what to bring, etc.
- Water activities – beach, lake, fishing, tubing, pool, lifeguarding, etc.
- What to do on a boring day – Netflix binges, video games, cooking
- Summer movies and drive-in theaters
Great summer coverage is possible, but you need to plan early so you can get photos. That means your photographers may have assignments over the summer, and you should be utilizing Yearbook Snap to crowdsource photos from your school community.
Let students know you want to cover these activities so they can take pictures while participating in these events – they’ll be excited! With a little organization and creativity, you can create a more comprehensive yearbook your entire student body will love.