Gifts for Grads

2014-05-18T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T12:16:48Z Gifts for GradsBy Kristen Cook and Johanna Willett Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 18, 2014 12:00 am  • 

This week teens across the city will say adios to high school and get ready for a new chapter.

We asked high school counselors for recommendations on the best send-off gifts for newly minted grads.

“The No. 1 go-to is money,” says Amanda Simeza, college and career counselor for Flowing Wells High School. “Everyone loves money.”

Carmen Hernandez, the learning support coordinator for the University High School counseling department, agrees that money is often the best gift to get a new grad.

“It’s not because they’re selfish, but really, if they’re not covered 100 percent by scholarships, money is what they need,” Hernandez says. “Gift cards or cash is really appreciated, and it goes a long way.”

Every year, parents also bring their kids in to pick out customized frames for their diplomas, says Cindy Juliano, manager of Sarnoff’s Paloma Art Gallery, 4747 E. Sunrise Drive, 577-9224, Special mattes and colored frames add that individual touch.

Here are some more ideas for celebrating that tassel-flipping, cap-tossing big day:

Kristen Cook and Johanna Willett

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