January 7, 2010 / News

Donations to pay for 70 yearbooks at Illinois school

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Times are tough right now for many families, which means the yearbook might end up being a luxury item they can’t afford.

That was a harsh reality yearbook adviser Dan Ganschow was well aware of, which is why he took a shot at asking the faculty and staff at his school – Oak Park and River Forest High School in suburban Chicago – if they would be willing to donate toward purchasing yearbooks for students who might want to buy a yearbook this year, but wouldn’t be able to afford them.

Ganschow was able to raise more than $3,000, thanks to the generosity of the staff, which will buy about 70 additional yearbooks.

“I never expected this kind of generosity,” Ganschow told the Oak Park Leaves newspaper. “We had contributions from teachers, staff members, School Board members and administrators.”

Has your school ever tried a fund-raiser like this one? Tell us about it.

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 14 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.