Customizable School Yearbooks Hit the Presses this Week

REDWOOD CITY, CA—April 08, 2010—How many times were you in your school yearbook? With TreeRing, which began printing its first custom school yearbooks this week, parents and students can, for the first time, customize their own copy of the yearbook with personalized pages that make the school yearbook a true reflection of that year for each and every student. TreeRing combines on-demand printing and online social media technology with a selection of do-it-yourself customization features to bring America’s yearbook tradition into the 21st century.

School yearbooks are high on the list of things that people will keep forever, but most yearbooks are reminders of the school and not the student. This is because yearbook editors are forced to cover hundreds of students in a limited number of pages.

TreeRing has built an elegant but simple solution that allows schools to create a traditional “core” yearbook that includes the entire school, but also invite parents and students to customize their own yearbook pages at Pages can be customized with a combination of personal photos, photos shared by other parents and students, and information captured about each student’s stage in life (e.g., best friends, favorite activities, future aspirations, etc.). In this way, each yearbook can truly become a record of one student’s entire year—both in and out of the classroom. TreeRing’s state-of-the-art digital printing technology then prints each student’s custom version of the yearbook.

Schools across the U.S. are already taking advantage of TreeRing, including Fall Creek Elementary School, whose yearbooks went to press this week:

“Every year, the first thing that students do when the yearbook arrives is look for photos of themselves. We try, but it’s impossible to make sure each child’s activities, clubs, and overall personal experience is included,” said Patricia Freund, Yearbook Editor & PTO member at Fall Creek Elementary School in Fishers, Indiana. “TreeRing has solved this problem for us. Now, in addition to the core book we create for the students, each family can personalize the yearbook with their own photos and artwork. Now that we are using TreeRing, we can’t wait for the students’ eyes to light up when they receive their personalized yearbook.”

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