Jostens and Yearbooks and Stuff

September 6, 2018

For the past 2 summers, I've been able to participate in a couple of camps put on by our friends at Jostens. In 2017, I attended a conference where teachers and students came together to talk about school culture.  As a principal, that was risk-taking stuff because traveling with kids is hard. It takes a lot supervision and adult planning.  Add to it, however, that it is summer AND you are traveling across the country, well you are out on a limb.  Thank God that Jostens has a bigger vision than I.  In this environment, amazing work was accomplished by adults and students working together.  Being in a new surrounding added to the ambiance and I watched our young leaders rise to the level of expectation in maturity.  It also helped establish the tone of student leadership for the upcoming year.


I traveled to Florida in 2018  and participated in a teacher camp where Yearbook advisors traveled from around the country to receive tips and training on how to put together a new student yearbook. I really enjoyed my limited moments with these folks and was genuinely appreciative of the idea that this pretty large of educators gave up a week of their time for the sake of the team.  The real hero here, though, is Jostens.  They sell a bunch of class rings, graduation announcements, and yearbooks for sure.  But they also invest a lot back in the name of school culture.  I don't begrudge any business the ability to make money in or around our school in a legitimate way.  Many do.  Not too many invest it back, though.  So, thank you Jostens for making community partnerships a real thing.

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