School Visits

First Book Discounts Grandfather Gandhi for Low Income Programs

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Appearances, Educators & Librarians, School Visits | Comments Off on First Book Discounts Grandfather Gandhi for Low Income Programs

Grandfather Gandhi is pleased to now be part of the children’s book collection at the First Book Marketplace. This means institutions serving low income children can get the Grandfather Gandhi books at 62% off. The First Book Marketplace was created by First Book, a nonprofit organization that has provided more than 150 million new books and educational resources to children in need, increasing access to needed materials for educators and program leaders, and helping to elevate educational opportunities for our most disadvantaged children and youth. Who is Eligible to Register for First Book and Get Discounted Books? If you work at or represent the following organizations/programs, you are eligible to sign up with First Book: Head Start Title I or Title I eligible School USDA Food and Nutrition Program Federally Qualified Health Center Title VII recipient Military family support program Library with an E-rate of 90 A program primarily serving children with disabilities A program where at least 70% of children come from low-income families. MORE about your eligibility for First Book. REGISTER for First Book. SHOP for Grandfather Gandhi at 62% Off. SHOP for Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi at 62%...

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Wondermore is Being the Change

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Appearances, Be the Change, Passive Violence, School Visits | Comments Off on Wondermore is Being the Change

  Here’s to Wondermore who is being the change in Boston, MA! The mission of Wondermore is to cultivate children’s curiosity, creativity, and academic achievement by igniting in them a love of good books. We do this primarily by bringing acclaimed children’s authors and illustrators into underserved K-8 Boston Public Schools for visits and writing workshops that align with the curriculum. Thank you for bringing author Bethany Hegedus to Mather School in Dorcester, MA to share the message of passive violence  from Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi...

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Tree of Violence at Pleasant Hills Elementary

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Appearances, Be the Change, Educators & Librarians, Passive Violence, School Visits | Comments Off on Tree of Violence at Pleasant Hills Elementary

Our gratitude to the innovative educators and thoughtful students of Pleasant Hills Elementary who created a Tree of Violence, an exercise the Mahatma asked his grandson Arun Gandhi to do and that marks the pages of Be the Change. “As the monsoon rains renewed the earth, my tree grew and grew.  Both branches were heavy with leaves, but the passive violence side became enormous.” —Be the Change    ...

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School Visit at NYOS (Not Your Ordinary School) Charter School

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Educators & Librarians, School Visits | Comments Off on School Visit at NYOS (Not Your Ordinary School) Charter School

  On March 27, 2015 Bethany Hegedus visited the Kramer & Lamar campuses at the NYOS (Not Your Ordinary School) to inspire students to choose to live as light and make positive change in the world. Her presentation on Grandfather Gandhi left a glow on the school with staff and students taking the “Live your Life as Light” pledge and promising to make a difference. Here are a few snapshots and testimonials to enlighten your day. “While reading Grandfather Gandhi with Benjamin yesterday he was able to tell me the black string represented anger.  When we finished he said that he wanted to live like Gandhi and really seemed to think about anger and how to be peaceful.  I was happy to see that a 5 year old was able to think in such a way.” – Melissa Hefner, teacher and parent.  “Bethany Hegedus is an amazing speaker. She kept all the students engaged and participating, Pre-K through 5th grade. She talked about the writing process and how the first step was to, “Read, Read, Read!” and the last step was to, “Revise, Revise, Revise!” She taught the students about living as light and the choices we have when we are angry. She taught the students that writing is a process and it takes time, but never to give up. I love that she told the students to start by telling their story aloud to themselves over and over again before writing it down. Her book, Grandfather Gandhi, speaks not just to students but to teachers and all adults everywhere. It is an amazing story to be shared. I know my students and I will choose to live as light and will change the world, one choice at a time!”–Lisa Boone, librarian NYOS Charter School, Austin. Bethany would like to thank everyone at NYOS Charter School for their wonderful hospitality and a special thank you to librarian extraordinaire Lisa Boone and her mother-in-law for making the visit possible. Bethany is excited to see the talented young writers pouring out their hearts in their first and finished drafts. Thank you to Ms. Boone for sending along their writing samples.  ...

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New Shining Perspective

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in By Arun Gandhi, School Visits | Comments Off on New Shining Perspective

Arun Gandhi thanks Mr. Greenleaf’s for their wonderful thank you notes following his appearance at a marvelous school in Canby, Oregon.  Here are some of the things students had to say: “Living in the light is an easy title to learn, it’s just up to you to take the first step into a new shining perspective.” “Your a person that makes people laugh and change the way they think.” “I was soo thankful that I got to hear your message about helping the poor people or others that need it…I was soo inspired by you, following in your grandpas steps and I believe wherever he is, he is proud of you.” “Poverty.  Hunger.  Neglect.  These are things not many people take time with.  They hear about it and ignore it…However there are people who only get what they’ll use and save the rest.  The people who are less fortunate in their times of need.   These people love with all they have and cherish everything everyday…” “Living your life as light would mean avoiding bad moments and also thinking about the good side of things.” “Being angry and using violence is just ruining the world.” “If we all cared for one another world hunger and homelessness wouldn’t be such a problem.” “He [Arun Gandhi] saved all 128 babies that were in the streets, that was an amazing and life changing thing to do…: “The world can be a dark place.  There is evil within our cities and government but also light…” “Poverty is a heartbreaking thing…” “It’s good to be kind in the least way you can to somebody.” “Don’t waste things…” “If only people with more money would help.  This world would be a better place.” “Don’t let your light fade, let it shine.” “…what ever you give them means alot to them even if it’s a little thing…” “This is an experience I will cherish forever…” “[Mahatma] Gandhi was able to be the light at the end of the tunnel for everybody across the world.” “It takes courage and bravery to live your life as light.” ” He [Mahatma Gandhi] was trying to banish the darkness of war.” “…got me thinking that I don’t always appreciate what I have…” “Showing random acts of kindness, with no intention of being rewarded, are the kind of people we should look up to and admire.” “[Mahatma] Gandhi was light in darkness.” “YOU INSPIRED ME! :)” “…we need to act more like [Mahatma] Gandhi who was brave, sweet, loving, and so much more!” “Blood, violence, and many disturbing things are in this world, but one thing can stop it, peace.” “Once the negativity becomes too great, the holder explodes, shattering into tiny shards and causing casualties.” “That story harmed my heart because I can’t imagine kids living in the streets with no food, money, water and shelter…I am so glad that Arun Gandhi saved these kids lives.”...

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Lessons on Peace In Round Rock

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in School Visits | Comments Off on Lessons on Peace In Round Rock

“The purpose of the book was to take the message of peace to people around the world,” Gandhi said. “The world is filled with strife, and if I don’t do something, the world could be totally decimated. This is a small attempt to make a change.” Rad more about Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus’ school visit in Round Rock...

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