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I publish several sites. These are the sites I currently publish are am working on.
Yearbook Unlimited is a website dedicated to helping schools incorporate QR codes into their yearbooks.
SC Elite is a travel baseball team my son, Camden Roller, pitches for. It is a showcase quality travel team made up primarily of kids from the Mount Pleasant area.
Lowcountry Yearbook Solutions is a website I run for my yearbook rep, John Bumgarner. It is primarily dedicated to providing information about parent ads.
Destination: BBQ is a blog my family and I where we review restaurants on the SC Barbecue Trail, have a calendar of SC BBQ festivals and competitions, show video profiles of SC BBQ pit masters, provide a download of the SC BBQ Trail Map and much more.
Boostrclub.com is a crowdfunding website designed for school groups to complete fundraisers that I am currently working on and will be piloting this year. It should be ready for public use in the 2015-2016 school year.
fdhsyearbook.com is the Fort Dorchester yearbook site. I am the yearbook adviser at FDHS.
makeyourownhotsauce.com is an idea I have for a new website teaching people how to make their own hot sauce. The how sauce I make and is loved by all my friends is modeled after the Tabasco brand.
All of these are (or soon will be) hosted by Hostgator.
A traditional and important way to support the school is with yearbook advertising. Yearbook ads aren’t simply thrown away like those in newspapers and magazines. They last a lifetime and longer. It is a great way to get your message out in a form that will be seen today and tomorrow.
We are now offering business ads on fdhsyearbook.com. The yearbook website historically averages over 10,000 hits per year. Between parents wanting the latest information and students wanting to see yearbook photos, the site is busy.
As of this writing, we are exploring the ability to include banner ads on Fort Dorchester’s home page. Given the nature of the software used to run the site, it may not be feasible. If so, website ads will run on both fdhsyearbook.com and FDHS’s primary site.
If not, anyone purchasing website ads will be listed on a “Support our Sponsors” page on the school’s main site, on which each supporter will be able to include graphics, contact information, offer discounts or coupons, link to your own online presence, and anything else we can provide.
There are 5 different packages available for advertising on the during FDHS sporting events; however, the number of advertisers is limited for some of the packages due to space availability. See the Jumbotron in action below:
Download for details of each package: FDHS Package Options
Contact us for more information.
FDHS is running a digital signage solution via the school’s integrated TV system. This system runs all day in the public areas. There is an option available that teachers can show via SmartBoards in the classroom as well.
We offer discounted package deals to advertisers wishing to select options from more than one of the options above. For instance, if an advertiser wishes to place an ad on the Jumbotron and on the TV system, that advertiser will get a reduced rate on the total of each of the options he or she selects.
This year, the yearbook staff is trying to continue a program aimed at providing deserving students with a yearbook.
I have contacted the faculty asking them to identify worthy students who deserve to have a yearbook but simply cannot afford one. This is not a general aid program, but rather one designed to put yearbooks in the hands of good kids caught in a difficult situation.
Here is the first response I ever received to my request:
If you can’t give a yearbook to (name omitted) out of your “needy student” fund, I will probably buy her one myself. Last spring, (name omitted) moved out of her parents’ home. As her grandmother would tell you, she was raising her parents rather than the other way around and it was the best decision for her to make. She moved in with a friend and stayed there until November, when she really felt she needed her own space. Her grandmother and aunt arranged, long-distance, for her to have an apartment and the IB teachers helped her furnish it with things we found in our garages.
During her entire senior year, (name omitted) has lived on her own, in her apartment, with no means of transportation, no medical insurance, and, rarely, groceries (when her teachers pooled together money to get them for her from time to time.) Her grandmother comes to stay with her from New York for a few weeks, then leaves for a few months to take care of her own family, then comes back as she can. (name omitted) has had few of the advantages that most kids have their senior years. She spent the is weekend in the hospital with a severe infection, probably the result of an upper respiratory infection she has had off and on all year, but with no medical insurance nor money nor means of transportation to see a physician, she has had no choice but to just be sick.
Her grandmother just called me and told me that she took her to the doctor on Friday, then to the ER on Saturday night. Hopefully, she will recover enough to do well on her IB exams. She was accepted to Converse College and has just about enough scholarship and loan to cover her expenses, but she is already stressing out about being homeless this summer after her apartment lease runs out in June. For this poor kid, it’s just one thing after another.
Most other kids in her position would have just given up on school, found a job, and managed to survive badly. (name omitted) wanted to stay in school, continue to work toward an IB diploma, and has managed to do so despite some of the saddest circumstances I have ever seen. I think she probably is needy enough.
This is just one of many such stories.
We could, of course, turn our back on such students, but we thought there might be a better option. So, we have decided to reach out for help from local businesses or community members who we think might be in a position to offer a bit of happiness to those in need.
Yearbooks currently cost $85. However, we are willing to sell the books at a reduced price to businesses or individuals interested in donating them to the students our staff has identified. The cost per donation would only be $70. In addition to a reduced price, at your request, we will add a sticker inside the front cover of the book indicating the book was compliments of you or your business.
Finally, we will publish information about your generosity on our website (unless you would prefer to remain anonymous), including linking to your site. If this is a project you would like to help us with or know someone who would be willing to assist, please contact me.