In reality, acting as a high school yearbook advisor is teaching school full-time while simultaneously running a business. But, unlike business professionals, a yearbook advisor can’t easily “fire” employees, so she frequently finds herself with a teenaged staff who would rather socialize than get to work and who love the notion of frantic, last-minute deadline completion. Consequently, many advisors who don't deal well with last-minute pressure spend hours and hours every weekend, holiday, and sick day editing—and sometimes redoing or creating—layouts. An advisor also works to raise money to fund publishing the book—in the form of candy sales, car washes, business ad sales, and even beauty pageants. (I can’t even type the last two words of my previous sentence without shuddering.) The advisor also plans all school photos and serves as a liaison to parents (or as the hapless victim of parental browbeating) and must also plan yearbook distribution parties replete with hot dog and hamburgers and a DJ. (I planned several of those for over 750 students).
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