Oral History Project
Grand Island Public Schools Foundation loves our Alumni and we want to get updated information. Have you received your postcard or an email? If so, YES, it is from us and we are looking forward to hearing back from every Islander alumni.
The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has partnered with Publishing Concepts (PCI)and their Oral History Project to gain access to its experienced, trained staff. Oral History Project associates will listen to your stories and assemble information into a publication. To help you stay connected to Grand Island Public Schools, Oral History Project will also verify and update contact information if you have moved or recently lost touch.
Looking forward to getting back in touch with all Islanders and hearing all your wonderful memories.
Islander Reflections – A Grand Island Senior High Alumni History Project
Grand Island Public Schools Foundation invites all alumni to participate in the creation of an oral history publication that unites GISH alumni across generations. The project is an opportunity to gather stories and collect memories that bring the Grand Island Senior High experience to life. We are interested in your reflections and tributes, and we hope that this endeavor will preserve Grand Island Senior High’s history for generations to come.
What Grand Island Senior High story will you tell? What memory is most special? It can be serious or lighthearted, a heart-felt tribute or with a bit of humor. The experiences of Grand Island Senior High alumni are unique, and variety is welcomed.
- What is it about GISH that made it such a special or memorable place and time?
- What stands out as the most valuable lesson you learned as a student there?
- Were you involved with any clubs or organizations, or did you participate on any sports teams? If so, what impact did it have on you (teach you about team building, leadership, etc.)?
- What traditions did you enjoy most (ring dance, prom, homecoming, senior skip day)?
- How did you grow as a person during your years there?
- How do you feel GISH prepared you for your future?
- When you think back on your time at GISH, what makes you smile?
The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has partnered with Publishing Concepts (PCI) to gain access to its experienced, trained staff. PCI associates will listen to your stories and assemble information into a publication. To help you stay connected to Grand Island Public Schools, PCI will also verify and update contact information if you have moved or recently lost touch. Please note that we have only shared your contact information with PCI in conjunction with this project. We have NOT sold your personal information or otherwise used it for outside marketing purposes.
There is NO cost to share your story, and we invite all alumni to participate. If interested, you will have an opportunity to reserve the publication as a hardbound book or digital collection.
PCI will contact Grand Island Senior High alumni directly through postcards, emails and phone calls to encourage participation. Final publication will be delivered in book and digital formats in September 2023 to purchasing alumni.
Frequently Asked Questions by Alumni
I received an email/postcard/phone call asking for my personal information and a story about Grand Island Senior High.
Tell me more about the project.
We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce an Oral History Publication for Grand Island Senior High. PCI is a family owned business based in Dallas, TX that has published directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities, and military organizations across the nation for over 100 years. This project allows us to hear about your personal experiences from your time at Grand Island Senior High and how the school helped shape your life since then. And, while we have you on the phone, we want to make sure your contact information is up to date.
Does Grand Island Public Schools Foundation benefit from this at all?
Yes, in a few different ways:
· Updated Information – allows us to effectively communicate with and engage alumni
· Legacy – sharing and collecting stories preserves the history of our school
· Pride – wearing apparel shows support and love for our school
How do I know my information will only be used for Oral History Project purposes?
PCI is committed to protecting your information. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI for the publication of the Oral History Project will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Oral History Project and except as required by court order or law. Upon completion of the project, PCI will redact PII (Personal Identifiable Information) from any and all electronic files that we have supplied or were produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Oral History Project.
I would like to verify or update my information and share a story. How may I do this?
If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the Oral History Project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you, make any updates where needed, and then ask you to share your story about your time at Grand Island Senior High. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to Grand Island Public Schools Foundation at the conclusion of the project.
If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information and submit a story.
If you did not receive a postcard or email, you may call the dedicated Grand Island Senior High update line at 1-888-920-1775.
Can I choose what information prints in the publication?
The only information that is included in the publication is your name, class year and degree, along with your story and photo. No contact information is printed. When you call to update your contact information, it will only be used to update your alumni record for the school/alumni association. You may revoke consent for your story and/or photo to appear any time before 3/10/23 by contacting PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
I updated my information but need some more time to think about what experience to share.
You can call back at any time before 3/10/23 to share your story.
I shared a story and the representative said I could send a photo. How do I do this?
You will receive an email with a link to upload one photo (black and white or color) plus a caption.
If you have also purchased a book but do not have an email address on file, you will be sent a photo mailer to send a physical photo in to be printed (note: the photo will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope).
Can anyone purchase a book?
The Grand Island Senior High Oral History Publication is available for sale only to Grand Island Senior High alumni.
When will I receive my book?
The total duration of the Oral History Project is about 12 months. Since we began the project in September 2022, the books will be distributed in September 2023.
I ordered a book / package over the phone and would like to cancel my order. How do I do this?
Contact PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 and they will take care of this for you.