As we enter the middle of the month, high school seniors are preparing for their graduation ceremonies. Finding a useful yet interesting gift for a high school graduate can be tough. Here are a few ideas.

Gift card to a favorite restaurant, college bookstore or shop. Research the graduate’s college campus or new city to see what bookstores, shops and restaurants are nearby. If your graduate is planning to commute to school or work, a gift card for a nearby gas station will be useful.

Luggage or book tote for your college-bound grad. A small suitcase, tote or overnight bag can come in handy for weekend trips back home, studying abroad or spring break. For the college grad beginning their career, luggage will forever be useful for business trips or vacations.

Graduation set for College and Career Academy

St. Helena College and Career Academy senior graduation ceremony is at 6 p.m. May 22 in the auditorium at St. Helena College and Career Academy.

Virtual Academy program

St. Helena Parish School District is offering summer courses through its Virtual Academy for students who need credit recovery, high school graduation cohort recovery or advancement in their course work. Students can register online at For information, email Sonia Fields-Gutierrez, chief of academics, at or Brandy Vaughn, chief of curriculum and technology, at

Reading program kick-off

Audubon Regional Libraries will have its summer reading kickoff beginning Monday, May 18. Activities and programs begin in June. Visit any Audubon Regional Library branch. For information, visit

Branches include:

Clinton Headquarters: Lawyer’s Row Woodville Street, Clinton

Jackson Branch: 3312 College St., Jackson

St. Helena Branch: 53 S. Main St., Greensburg

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email