GLADWIN – The seniors of Gladwin High School received a nice surprise on Saturday when local educators delivered a yearbook, Sparks Newspaper and pandemic t-shirt. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and community members, every senior received a yearbook.
The yearbook and newspaper are the result of a lot of hard work by teacher Dale Bragg and the 25 members of his Production class. They work all year to produce four issues of the Sparks and the Echo (yearbook). While the school closure meant there would only be three issues of the Sparks, the class was able to complete the yearbook. It was sent off to the printer about a week before the schools closed.
Bragg mentioned that when students sell advertisements, they encourage advertisers to buy a yearbook and donate it back to the school. “Many businesses have done this for years.” This year, Bragg also made this opportunity available to the community at large through a letter to the editor in the Gladwin County Record. In his letter, he asked the community to consider purchasing a 2020 yearbook for $20 so as many students as possible could receive one. With a price of $20, the Echo is the best yearbook value in northern Michigan according to Bragg. The price tag had been $35 dollars for many years, some schools in the area charge up to $65 for a yearbook.
“We wanted to get as many yearbooks into the hands of students as possible, so we asked businesses and individuals to contact the school if they were interested in supporting that effort,” said Bragg. “Multiple individuals sent in money and a lot of businesses donated their yearbooks back so we were able to give them to students. Every senior got one.”
“I am so proud of our local businesses and community which have strongly supported our school publications. We have more than 170 advertisers for our yearbook and newspaper,” added Bragg. “These local businesses and groups support our publications year after year. That is amazing and inspiring. That makes me extra proud to be a Flying G.”