The process of locating and communicating with all the McCallum High School alumni has been…well, a process. In this day and age of social media, it is a bit easier, but still, lots of people are not on social. And, lots of people do not like leaving a trail. So, we thought we would share with you the process we are using to find every McCallum Knight so you can perhaps help us in our quest.
To date, we are acquiring all group members – football players, Blue Brigade members, National Honor Society members, for example – from the listings in the yearbooks. The school has been diligent enough to collect the past yearbooks and has been gracious enough to let us regularly visit their collection to acquire the names.
We have taken HD digital pictures of the names (yes, I love my phone!) and then typed them into a spreadsheet. For those of you out there crying “Dummy, just use classmates.com”, we would have to respond back “Resolution!”. We tried that and many of the yearbooks online do not have sufficiently detailed resolution to read the names. So, we sit in the library many mornings to acquire our names.
Then, we find the names and addresses, usually with about a 60% success rate. We have several online and offline sources that we use and have found that very few sources have emails. Emails would be better, as it can get costly to hard-copy mail everyone, but thanks to our generous sponsors, we are doing it.
This last week, we completed the mailing for football players and cheerleaders. This week, we are working on band and Blue Brigade. We are speaking to reunion groups who have databases, Facebook groups, booster clubs, and more. We are on a quest to find every McCallum Knight because this year will be so much more fun with everyone involved.