In May 2001, I retired after 30 years of teaching, and completed my 19th yearbook, my last one – or so I thought. In January 2003, my replacement suddenly resigned, and I was asked to finish the year. My concern for the students forced me back, but I struggled. In addition to facing a staff whose response to me was mixed, I discovered in March that our account, which enjoyed a $4,000 balance in 2001, was now $3,000 in the red.
Figuring out new and creative ways to bring in money is an annual goal for many yearbook staffs. After all, yearbook programs need funds to keep making improvements to the book. Some staffs come up with some really fun ideas. Here is a quick look at a few of those ideas that were very successful for the schools involved: