Customizable School Yearbooks Hit the Presses this WeekApril 8, 2010
"We are now able to offer customizable yearbooks in full color for about the same price as an old-fashioned black and white yearbook," remarked Dunya Shaw, Principal at Our Savior's Lutheran School in San Clemente, California. "Parents want to see photos of their children in the yearbook, and student wants to look back at their specific memories. Because of the simple customization capabilities at TreeRing, we can now offer yearbooks that are just as much about the student as they are about the school."
TreeRing yearbooks are initially produced in much the same way as old-fashioned yearbooks. A team of dedicated individuals – teachers, students, parents, or some combination of all three – assembles a collection of student head shots, faculty pictures and images that commemorate select school events such as athletics, arts and the like. Thanks to TreeRing's on-demand printing, however, schools have a much later publication date for their yearbooks, meaning that events and personal photos from later in the year can still be incorporated into the yearbook.
"After years of struggling with yearbook deadlines, I couldn't believe how easy it has been to put the yearbook together this year using TreeRing," according to Mary Mcgowan, PTA Member & Yearbook Editor, Colonial School, Pelham, New York. "The best part of the process is that no child is left behind, so to speak. Every student is the star of their own yearbook."
TreeRing also offers a greener alternative to the traditional yearbook. Through their partnership with non-profit organization Trees for the Future a tree will be planted for each yearbook purchased in an effort to not only preserve students' past memories, but also help preserve our planet for their future.
"We've had an incredible response to our product in our first year," remarked TreeRing co-founder, Kevin Zerber. "For something that has been around for as long as the school yearbook, it's incredible how out-of-date the current publishing model is, and how much technology improves the entire process, from creation to publishing. Once they hear about TreeRing's approach, most schools wonder why they've been doing it any other way."
A brief demonstration of TreeRing is available at: http://www.treering.com/Watch-the-TreeRing-Personalized-Yearbook-Demo.php
TreeRing creates yearbooks for the Internet generation. The Silicon Valley, CA-based company combines the efficiency of just-in-time digital printing and the collaborative power of online social networks to create personalized printed yearbooks that commemorate each child's unique school experience. The process reduces the yearbook creation and financial burden for schools and invests in our planet's future by planting a tree for every yearbook printed. For more information, visit www.treering.com.