Our nation has come upon hard times, financially. It has especially affected the consumer. Unfortunately due to no fault of their own, the youth of today are suffering and missing out on opportunities during their senior year of high school because parents cannot afford the high costs.
If given a budget, teenagers can plan their senior year and graduation accordingly.
I have no idea how much my senior year cost my parents back in 1991, but I am sure it was not cheap. I feel bad because most of the items purchased were not used since I did not participate in the graduation ceremony and not by choice.
The most commonly purchased graduation items: graduation announcements, invitations, name cards, address labels, monogram envelope seals, thank you notes, cap, gown and tassel. Additional items may include, diploma cover, graduation outfit, senior t-shirt, grad night and grad trip.
Obviously not everyone can afford everything, unless you are fortunate enough to have an unlimited supply of money at your disposal. I know I did not. When I was in high school, I was only allowed to work during the summer and not while summer school was in session. I have no idea what I spent my money on, but I know it never lasted. I believe today, most schools teach financial management and if they do not, they should. It is important for today’s student’s to understand the power, or lack thereof, of money.
If students do not have an endless supply of money and no job, they should learn the power of negotiation. I am sure if parents are approached they will work with their children, especially since it will benefit both parties.
According to one msnbc.com article, Student Assistance Program Manager, Vanessa Gomez-Lee at Valley View High School, Moreno Valley, Calif., “We don’t want that to be the reason they don’t walk.” She said they have pulled together a fund to assist students who need it.
Another high school in Sherman, Texas asked former graduates to donate their cap and gown for re-use by students who could otherwise not afford it.
It is important for parents and educators to ensure we do not punish teens of today because of our financial demise. It is not their fault or ours for that matter, companies have to do what they can to survive and unfortunately costs are not dropping. It should not matter if everyone has the same color cap and gown, just that they have them.
JoNel Aleccia, “Cap and gown costs keep some seniors from rite of passage, Schools, communities pitch in to help students pay for graduation garb” msnbc.com
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