Students at Big Creek Elementary School paid for a yearbook and got an iPad. It wasn’t a glitch in the order, but the creativity of Cecelia Rose.
The 2010-11 yearbook, titled "iBig Creek," was designed to look like the iconic Apple tablet.
And between its creative cover and content, the yearbook earned Rose and a six-member committee the distinction of being the national sample yearbook for Balfour Publishing.
"I’m touched that we received the award, but I think one of the biggest rewards is in May when the students get their yearbooks and you see them going through the pages and reminiscing the different things they did throughout the school year," said Rose, a parent volunteer.
"That’s what drives us to work on the yearbook. I love being able to help students recapture all of their good memories."
The Texas-based publishing company chooses sample books annually based on creativity of the design and overall school year coverage, according to Mike Cobb, Balfour spokesman. Just 4 percent of the company’s yearbooks are selected as sample books.
"Each year, the selections become tougher and tougher because our yearbook advisers do such an outstanding job," Cobb said in a statement to the yearbook committee.
Rose has two children at Big Creek, fifth-grader Lauren and second-grader Benji. Though she’s always been involved with their yearbooks, last year was the first time she chaired the committee.
Rose said she develops a theme and maps out the goals and vision of the school’s principal, Sheri Black, to coincide with it.
The iPad design was part of the focus on technology last year, Rose said. This year’s theme, "True Blue Crew," is based on the school winning the National Blue Ribbon Award.
"She is absolutely the reason we received this [yearbook] honor," Black said of Rose. "Her yearbook last year, which was her first, coupled with the early draft of the one this year, is what brought about this attention.
"[She] is completely committed to capturing every special moment and event at Big Creek."
It’s more than just the cover and theme that make a good yearbook, Rose said. It’s the content and ensuring every student can open one and find themselves in it at least once.
It’s not uncommon to find her roaming the hallways of the school.
"I’m there quite a bit," she said.
And not just for yearbook. Rose is also a volunteer for her son’s class and on the PTA board. Such involvement gives her a chance to take photos at most school events.
"My goal in doing the yearbook is to be sure that it reinforces all of the positive experiences that students had in the year," she said.