Kids' Drawings End Up on the Wrong Page
Posted June 2, 1997
FAYETTEVILLE — Kids put a lot of thought into their artwork. Sprint Carolina Telephone decided to show off the children's art in the Yellow Pages. There was only one problem.
Nine of the drawings were placed in the "escort services" ad section of the Yellow Pages. Children's pictures of sunshine and rainbows are placed right next to advertisements with drawings of scantily-clad women.
The local Sprint office does edit the White Pages. However, the printing company is in charge of editing the Yellow Pages. Robert Grover, a spokesman for Sprint Carolina Telephone, says that his company gave the printer specific guidelines for the Yellow Pages -- guidelines which included keeping the kids' drawings away from adult businesses' ads.
By now, 80 percent of the more than 200,000 phone books are already out in area homes and businesses. Most school principals, including Larry Parsons of C. Wayne Collier's Elementary School, say that it's not necessary to try and the correct the mistake at this point.
Almost 200 other drawings are in other areas of the Yellow Pages. For Grover, it's a good program that gives kids a creative outlet -- despite this year's printing mistake.
Sprint has mailed letters to parents, apologizing for the mistake.