October 26, 2012 / Yearbook Zen

Celebrate yearbook every day

Written by Alex Blackwell

I hope you took some time to honor the yearbook at your school, and have fun, by celebrating National Yearbook Week Oct. 4-11. It’s always good to take a step back and remember why you create a yearbook, reward the hard work that goes into it, and relax to make all that work worthwhile.

That week may be over, but the celebratory spirit doesn’t have to stop. Remember, you and your staff are spending a great deal of time creating a book that will help students remember this year anytime. Make sure to spend a little time daily or weekly to honor that tradition. There are a number of small ways to do this.

  • Staff cheer or song – A staff cheer or song might pep you up. Use the school fight song or another song that can be adapted as your staff song and sing it at the beginning of class every day or to start staff meetings. Consider TV theme songs, Broadway musicals and popular music. Or, create your own cheer or write new words to a favorite song melody.
  • yearbookzen copyPhoto and copy contests – A little friendly competition can spur improvement. Have staff members select the best photo they took or copy they wrote and enter it into a weekly staff contest. This gives staff members the chance to analyze the work being done and provides kudos for good work.
  • Music – Afternoon and night work sessions get tedious without background music. Since most kids have some sort of MP3 player, get a portable dock with speakers to play everyone’s music. You will improve the atmosphere in the room while expanding everyone’s musical knowledge.
  • Look back – You need to look forward to keep your yearbook trendy. But looking at your school’s previous books will remind your students about why they are creating this book of memories. During a work night, invite parents and grandparents to come and share what is special to them about yearbooks and their school memories.

Your staff needs to remember why they are taking photos at a cold, finger-numbing football game, turning down a date from the cute new boy to cover the forensics tournament on Friday night, and working late on a yearbook deadline instead of studying for that calculus test tomorrow. A beautiful yearbook they will receive in a few months is worth the sacrifice, but candy and a song today will keep spirits up during the school year.

Alex Blackwell

Alex Blackwell has built his career around providing customers with helpful solutions, and is currently Walsworth's Vice President of Marketing and Communications, overseeing all marketing. He began his career as a teacher and yearbook adviser in his home state of Virginia, before joining Walsworth as a sales rep.