MARQUETTE - With Christmas just 11 days away many people may be rushing to finish their shopping, and students in Marquette Alternative High School's photography class have created the perfect gift.
The students are selling a 2013 calendar that features 12 of the best shots taken during their class.
Images include local shots such as downtown Marquette and the Lake Superior shoreline, as well as compilations of images taken at the DeYoung Family Zoo and Mackinac Island.
Peggy Mullen of Gwinn looks through the Marquette Alternative High School’s 2013 calendar that is on sale at a stand inside the Westwood Mall. (Journal photo by Jackie Stark)
Sophomore Deserae Fortin, 15, said the calendars would make good gifts for homesick Marquette natives.
"They'd make good Christmas gifts for people that maybe aren't home for the holidays or really can't come see Marquette as much as they used to, or people that just really love the town and the U.P.," Fortin said.
Teacher Cindy DePetro said the calendars give the students a reason to work hard during class, since their photographs can eventually be sent around the world as many people mail the calendars to relatives overseas.
"It gives the kids a reason and a purpose for taking their picture," DePetro said. "They take pride in their work because their work has literally gone as far as Iraq, Afghanistan. We had one go to China last year, quite a few to Europe, Germany specifically, and there's the added thing that, I believe that kids who earn an opportunity appreciate it more than something that's given to them. These kids really know how to work hard."
The calendars sell for $20 if bought in person and $21 if purchased online at marquette.revtrak.net. The calendar purchase order can be accessed by clicking on the "School Store" link.
The students are also selling the calendars inside the Westwood Mall in Marquette from 1:45 to 2:20 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Calendars may be purchased during school hours at the Graveraet School office, as well.
Proceeds from the calendar sales will be used to fund a field trip for the photography class and to purchase new equipment.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.