Yearbooks typically memorialize the joys and accomplishments of a child’s school experience, recapping of months of growth, learning and friendship, punctuated by fond wishes and remembrances written by classmates and teachers. But this somber, understated version of the annual delivers the grim reality that has clouded over children in the U.S.—that of school shootings.
Bound inside the book’s all-black cover are pages of empty boxes where photos should be—they represent 37 children from grades ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade whose lives were lost to gun violence on a campus or on a school vehicle in 2018.
The project is the brainchild of freelance creative Andrew Goldin, who has worked on campaigns for Apple and Volkswagen, his cousin Julia Cordover, who had been Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student body president during the Parkland tragedy and CPB co-founder Alex Bogusky.
The book itself is being quietly promoted on a spare site. It states that copies will be mailed to President Trump, the 100 members of the Senate, all state governors and major presidential candidates.
Meanwhile, members of the general public are invited to see the yearbook in person starting tomorrow, December 11 through December 29 in Brooklyn, New York. There, visitors will be invited to sign the yearbook to show their support for the fight against gun violence in schools. The site also notes that the exhibit may be traveling to other parts of the country. The hashtag tied to the effort reads “#No2020Yearbook.”
“In so many ways, I feel like I can’t do anything about the problem, and I’m tired of feeling that way,” Mr. Goldin told the New York Times. “If somebody hears about it, and is inspired to do something then collecctively, all the actions, along with the yearbook, can work to make a societal change.”