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KSAT Kids: Students to return to campus in fall, says Texas governor; plus, some ways to show appreciation on Father’s Day

This week’s kid spotlight highlights 8-year-old Girl Scout who sold an amazing 4,517 boxes of cookies

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Hello parents, teachers and students!

Well, we’ve made it, school officially is out of session. Yet with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to spike, next year is clearly in our heads, as many parents wonder how children will safely be able to go back in the fall.

To that end, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday announced to lawmakers that students will in fact be returning to public schools in person, with school districts not being required to mandate students to wear masks or test them for COVID-19 symptoms.

According to the Texas Tribune, school districts will be able to offer instructional alternatives for students. The TEA will be releasing additional guidance for school districts next Tuesday.

The Northside Independent School District earlier this week released a survey detailing how parents feel about sending their children back, along with unveiling a task force that offered recommendations including classroom changes, school bus alterations and suggestions on remote learning. To read more about their potential plans, click here.

A group of North East Independent School District volunteers are now making face masks with ‘windows’ that will enable deaf or hard of hearing students to read lips. The effort is on a deadline to make 1,000 more masks by mid-August, when NEISD classes are scheduled to resume.

Since Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, KSAT Kids has some creative ways little ones can show dad their love and appreciation. Keep scrolling to see how to make great gifts that all fathers will be able to enjoy. Are you looking to stay in and eat that day? Well, junior chef Molly O’Connell is back at it, this time grilling with pork ribs and chicken that has an “awesome sauce” for dad.

In this week’s kid’s spotlight, we focus on eight-year-old Cara Laurent, who was named a top Girl Scout cookie entrepreneur after selling 4,517 packages of Girl Scout cookies, 335 more than the second-highest total. That’s impressive, well done!

And don’t forget, right now on our website we have a map where you can find free school meals during the summer. We also have a list of places offering free Wi-Fi for students and their families during the pandemic.

Stay safe and wash your hands, everybody!

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Here’s what can be found on KSAT Kids for Thursday, June 18:

Kid Spotlight

KSAT Kids: Top Girl Scout cookie entrepreneur sold 4,517 boxes

The Girl Scouts unveiled their top Cookie Entrepreneur Officer for Southwest Texas last week. Eight-year-old Cara Laurent sold 4,517 packages, 335 more than the second highest Girl Scout.

Top cookie seller for SW Texas for the Girl Scouts.
Top cookie seller for SW Texas for the Girl Scouts. (KSAT)

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Stay at home activities

3 heartfelt gifts you and the kids can make for Dad

New phones or electronics are great but Dad will hold onto these gifts for a lifetime. They’re affordable, easy-to-make and filled with love.

3 heartfelt gifts you and the kids can make for dad
3 heartfelt gifts you and the kids can make for dad

Kid recipe: Ribs + chicken with ‘awesome sauce’ for Dad

Junior chef Molly O’Connell’s dad and stepdad gave her a 101 on grilling for Father’s Day. They taught her how to make pork ribs and chicken with awesome sauce. The best part - you can make them all with things you already have at home.

Kid recipes: Ribs + chicken with 'awesome sauce' by junior chef Molly l SA Live l KSAT 12
Kid recipes: Ribs + chicken with 'awesome sauce' by junior chef Molly l SA Live l KSAT 12

KSAT Kids: Win $1,000 for your entrepreneur idea in national think tank competition

We’ve all heard of the show “Shark Tank”, where budding entrepreneurs get the chance to bring their ideas life. Here is a similar opportunity for kids!

KSAT Kids: Win $1,000 for your entrepreneur idea in national think tank competition
KSAT Kids: Win $1,000 for your entrepreneur idea in national think tank competition

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