To outsiders, our school, which is in a small rural town in an economically diverse area, can seem divided. Yet by focusing on the surface details, they overlook the truth. Our Yearbook theme this year is Strength in Numbers, to celebrate the community at our school. We are a school where everyone walks along with the class floats during the Homecoming Parade. Where many students' friendships transcend cultural, social, or economic lines. Where students came out to volunteer when our school was an evacuation shelter during the northern California fires last year. We are not perfect, but when people in our community need help, we help.
All of my students work hard to make sure that our yearbook represents our school truthfully, though positively, and that all students are included in the book -- that it is truly the school's yearbook.
This year, my Yearbook students are a particularly fabulous team of hard-working and creative kids. Some are high academic achievers and in AP classes, others have faced academic and other challenges. But these students this year are the most dedicated, artistic, and inventive that I've had in my three years as a Yearbook teacher.
Our Yearbook theme this year is Strength in Numbers to show the strength of our school community and our local community, and my Yearbook staff is dedicated to making sure that everyone in the school appears in the yearbook at least once and, ideally, three times. We have a fabulous photography program at the school, and the graduates of those classes who enter Yearbook are talented photographers who know how to compose compelling shots that capture the life of our school.
My students have the motivation and the talent -- but our outdated and broken cameras are holding us back.
Our cameras have not been upgraded for several years, and the best-quality ones are sorely in need of repairs or are so old that we can't buy replacement rechargeable batteries. All of the four cameras that we own desperately need to be replaced, and I am hoping to do that over the course of this school year. With high-quality, reliable cameras, I feel confident that we can produce a yearbook that reflects the talent of our team and the spirit of the school.
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