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It’s time for students to return to campus

January 6, 2019 GMT

It is time to get back to work for area students and teachers.

Tuesday is back-to-school day for the second semester for Katy ISD students. Teachers are set to head back to campus a day earlier on Monday. Students and teachers have been off since Friday, Dec. 21, for the winter break.

Area drivers are reminded to be aware of school zones and that it is illegal to pass a school bus with its red lights flashing. Area law enforcement is expected to be out in full force to protect area students and catch drivers who violate laws around school zones and buses.

Texas forbids drivers from using handheld phones in school zones, and Texas law states that school bus drivers and all drivers under 18 must refrain from texting or making telephone calls while driving — even with a hands-free device.

The next day off for Katy ISD students is Monday, Jan. 21, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Book Buddies

Jan. 7 is the first day applications can be obtained to participate in the Book Buddies program at Katy Branch Library. Book Buddies is a free program that brings children and adults together to share the joy of reading. It pairs trained adult volunteers (Big Buddies) with children in K-3rd grades (Little Buddies.)

For 10 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading. Meetings will be at 5 p.m. Mondays — Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb.18, Feb. 25, March 4, March 18, March 25, April 1 and April 8.

Contact Children’s Librarian Misty Wright at misty.wright@hcpl.net for more information.

Katy Area EDC awards

Friday, Jan. 11, is the deadline to submit nominations to the Katy Area Economic Development Council for its annual Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Awards.

According to the Katy Area EDC, “The annual award, which is in its third year, recognizes a volunteer in the Katy area who has made contributions in leadership and economic development to the Katy area. All persons volunteering (non-paid positions only) in the Katy area are eligible for nomination.”

Visit https://tinyurl.com/yac2558n for more information and nomination forms.

Low-cost spay and neuter

Citizens for Animal Protection is expanding its low-cost wellness and vaccination clinic to include spay and neuter services to the public. Thanks to a grant from the Moody Foundation, the CAP Cornelius Clinic will be able to provide the service to the community at an affordable price.

Spay and neuter services are offered via first-come first-served appointment only at the CAP Cornelius Clinic on Wednesdays. Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are welcome for spay and neuter services.

The Cornelius Clinic, which provides low-cost wellness and vaccination services, is open every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Services include affordable vaccinations, nail trimming, microchipping, deworming, heartworm testing, and several other preventative and wellness services. The wellness clinic is walk-in only, so no appointment is needed.

Visit www.cap4pets.org to learn more and to view the clinic’s policies, guidelines, and current pricing. Call the CAP Cornelius Clinic at 281-600-8500 to schedule a spay or neuter surgery. CAP is located at 17555 Katy Freeway (south of I-10 and just east of Barker Cypress).

Women Helping Women 2 Network Katy

Women Helping Women 2 Network Katy will meet at a new place this week when attendees gather at El Canton Firewood Pizzeria at 981 Mason Road.

The meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. For more information or to RSVP, go to https://tinyurl.com/ydbhoaqs.