You have read Dr. McNutt’s e-mail. Now I have the e-mail that The Volunteer sent out to the Bradfield room moms with a request for them to forward to all families. Still don’t understand why it was necessary to get a copyright. If she didn’t want to redo it, couldn’t she just hand it over for someone else to fix? Maybe I’m missing something.
Dear Bradfield Families:
I am so sorry to say that the yearbook that I spent countless hours on will not be distributed to you. As the book was about to go to print, I was informed that the adorable candid pictures on the classroom pages were not allowed, unless every child from the class was in the picture. Thus, destroying the integrity of the whole design that I have been working on since last summer. My options were to either start all over or leave big holes in those pages—both options above and beyond what should ever be asked of a volunteer.
I certainly would not have created a design in the first place, if I could have foreseen issues—but there were no guidelines given to me on this at all.
Then, I had very few people submit candid photos and I sent out a slew of photo requests. I even made numerous phone calls and took many photos myself. Bottom line, I used almost every single photo that was usable/available, somewhere in the yearbook.
Due to the number of candids available, I decided to make the school portraits larger—leaving only a small space for candids. Neverthless, the candids included on the class pages are what makes the yearbook so endearing. I truly put together the best product possible, with what I had to work with.
I’m baffled that the slim possibility of offending someone, especially when they were given numerous opportunities to participate, outweighs hurting those of us that work so hard for the school and our children.
Needless to say, Yearbook Chair is a huge job for one person—and it was ONE PERSON. But those of you that know me, know that I take on projects whole-heartedly. I spent at least 20 hours creating the plaid background and at least 80 hours creating all of the Bronco characters. I’ve never spent so much time on a project in my life, and I would at least like to share it with those that were meant to enjoy. I’m very proud of it and very sad that it will not come home in your child’s backpack.
*The PTA is scrambling to throw something together, so that they don’t have to refund the families, which will cost them $18,000. I would like to state that I do not have anything to do with this, even though I was stated previously as Yearbook Chair 2009-2010.