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A girl walks outside of a mobile vaccine unit after getting the first dose of her COVID-19 vaccine, outside P.S. 277, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Schools take lead role in promoting vaccines for youngsters

- Associated Press

With the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for younger children, many elementary schools around the U.S. are preparing to offer the shots, which educators see as key to keeping students learning in person and making the classroom experience closer to what it once was.

In this June 10, 2021 photo provided by Barry Bedlan, members of Troop 298 of Frisco, Texas are among the first to embark a 12-day trek across the Philmont Scout Ranch, outside Cimarron, N.M. Boy Scout and Girl Scouts’ leadership say their summer camps are full, special events are sold out, and they’re expecting many thousands of families – some new to scouting, some who left during the pandemic – to sign up now that activities are occurring in-person rather than virtually. (Barry Bedlan via AP)

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts suffer huge declines in membership

- Associated Press

America's most iconic youth organizations - the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA - have been jolted by unprecedented one-year drops in membership, due partly to the pandemic, and partly to social trends that have been shrinking their ranks for decades.

In this June 10, 2020, file photo, Olivia Chan's father helps her with a new mask she received during a graduation ceremony for her Pre-K class in front of Bradford School in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

American Academy of Pediatrics backs return of students to the classroom in the fall

- The Washington Times

A major medical organization now sides with parents who hope their children can return to school in the fall, despite the coronavirus pandemic. The American Academy of Pediatrics -- which represents 67,000 pediatricians -- now strongly advocates that the goal for all policy considerations "should start with a goal of having students physically present in school."

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski attend the world premiere of Paramount Pictures' "A Quiet Place Part II" at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on Sunday, March 8, 2020, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

John Krasinski surprises girl with touching 'Hamilton' reunion

- The Washington Times

Actor John Krasinski told Aubrey, a 9-year-old girl who was supposed to see "Hamilton" for her birthday before it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, that he would fly her and her mom to New York to see the musical on Broadway once social distancing is over. Then he surprised her even further.

Spin Master's 11-inch tall version of Harley Quinn with a 12-inch tall version of Batman (Photograph by Joseph Szadkowski / The Washington Times)

Zadzooks: Harley Quinn review (Spin Master)

- The Washington Times

Spin Master debuts its version of the Dark Knight and Justice League universes with a new line of 4-inch and 12-inch-tall, multi-articulated action figures that includes Joker's favorite gal, Harley Quinn.