School Yearbook Ideas from Experienced Advisers

Experienced yearbook advisers share their ideas to help you in your yearbook project.

Adviser Ideas Archive

Distribution Day Ideas

1. Have a Yearbook Signing Party

We have a Yearbook signing ‘Party.’ I purchase ball point pens and Blowpops—each grade level comes at a time. I start with the grade level that has purchased the most yearbooks and go to the least. We have all the purchasers in the Media Center at one time--busy, but fun!!!

- Barbara Wilkins, Tar Heel Middle School


2. Advertise Distribution Date in School Newsletter

We put the distribution date in our school newsletter and almost immediately parents begin to call and come in to pick up their books. After the students receive their books we allow a special time for students to go to various classrooms to get signatures from former teachers, administration and friends.

- Veronica Gatling, Desert Christian Elementary School


3. Create Posters

This year, I have created several different posters that showcase pictures from the yearbook. I posted signs with the posters that stated if you are on this poster, you could be in the yearbook. The students and staff have enjoyed seeing all of the pictures and it has created a lot more interest in the yearbook. I think that this will make the students a lot more excited to see the yearbooks when they arrive.

- Kimberly Goodner, Garfield Elementary School


4. Students Vote for Cover

The students vote on the cover. I choose three covers and present them on the morning news. After three days of this, students vote for their favorite cover during the morning news show. My fifth graders collect and count the votes. We then create a graph showing the results that is displayed near the office and is announced on the morning news show.

- Amy Murphy, Bartow Academy


5. Use the Buddy System

We have events with our buddy class (younger and older students together). The younger students love that they get to be the first signature in their buddies' yearbook. It is exciting for them to look though it together for the first time.

- Becky Groller, Immaculate Conception School


6. Label Books

I go through and label each child's book with a label with their name and home classroom teacher so that if the book gets lost, it's easily returned to its owner. I pre-sort by classroom so that all I have to do is deliver each teacher's student's books.

- Cherie Layton, William Beverly Elementary School


7. Alphabetize Books

We have alphabetical lists of students who prepaid for books. The books are divided into those that have name stamping and plain books. We sort and stack by alphabetical order, then call for students whose last names begin with A-C, D-F, etc.

- Ellen Bredeweg, Palm Springs Community Middle School

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