Cut, paste and thanks
I would like to honor a local business and its proprietors who went out of their way to support the Aspen Middle School’s literary magazine.
Dan, Meredith and Stu of Independence Press performed Herculean efforts to print and distribute a literary magazine to the student contributors by the end of the AMS eighth grade continuation ceremony Tuesday evening. They did this despite the fact that we missed deadlines and they did not have the time they wanted to complete the task. Rather than disappoint the students, they took the time and energy to support the work the students were able to complete by last Friday afternoon.
Like many endeavors involving adolescents, technology, networks and a somewhat disorganized faculty adviser, we missed deadlines, lost files, transferred files to the wrong locations and ended up with a partially completed book a day after our print deadline. I took the file home and tried to find as many submission files as possible and brought our finished, albeit somewhat rough, version to the printer Friday afternoon.
Dan, Stu, Meredith and the others at Independence Press refined our copy, printed it, trimmed it and stitched it on Tuesday, but it was already after school. Dan Bullock continued to work and brought 49 copies to the district theater by 7:15, allowing me to get copies to the student editors and most grade eight contributors who would not return the next day. Their service and support allowed a group of students to follow an idea to its end product and to proudly share their work with their parents.
Not only did Dan help get the book out on time, he hosted a tour of the presses and his office to share the process of creating a finished product. The students came away with a much better understanding of the work that goes into even a simple business card, graduation announcement, or poster for a local event.
I want the community to know what a wonderful business Independence Press is and to share their efforts to illustrate the benefits of living in a community like this. I would not think of taking a print job like our school literary magazine out of the community after my experience. I am forever grateful.
AMS teacher and adviser, Calliope Literary Magazine
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