Printed yearbook gives way to DVD
Charlottetown's Colonel Gray High School may have produced its last yearbook on paper.
With sales flagging, only 100 were sold to the 1,100 students last year, student council decided this yearbook to give up on the paper copy and produce a DVD. Instead of page after page of student pictures, there will be 150 minutes of video.
"They're going great," said student council president-elect Coltin Handrahan.
"We've got 150 already ordered and it looks like we're going to have a lot more coming this weekend and at grad."
Sales of yearbooks at Colonel Gray have been falling off for years. Teacher Lon Bechervaise connects the decline to students' ability to connect online, an option that continues after graduation.
"This is the way that students interact with the world. The social media is their norm," said Bechervaise.
"Why pay 25 bucks for a yearbook when I can go home and see those pictures on Facebook," said Handrahan.
Opinions amongst students regarding the demise of the paper yearbook were mixed.
"Now we don't get a traditional yearbook, but I guess we're getting a digital year book, which would be pretty better," said Alex Dow.
Valedictorian Robert MacMillan feels the paper version had advantages.
"Everybody could sign them and stuff and then write you a message, usually pretty funny things that you can look back and remember," said MacMillan.
The DVD will sell for $10.