Schools to Celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

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GG LLL BadgeOctober 2, 2014 marks the 145th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. Schools over the United States will be reading the Grandfather Gandhi “Live Your Life as Light” Pledge over morning announcements to celebrate his contributions to the world.

Schools may print a copy for each student (Color PDF) to sign below and/or visit this page to tell the world that their classroom has taken the pledge as a whole.

I pledge to listen to my anger, to see what it has to teach me.
I pledge to not bully or cause harm, with words or with weapons.
I pledge to look for the light, to see it in every situation.
I pledge to find my own unique tools and talents.
I pledge to forgive myself and others. I pledge to live my life as light.


Other schools will be celebrating using the other classroom and library tools created for the book Grandfather Gandhi.

Introduce the book with this short video produced by the book’s illustrator, Evan Turk and featuring the voices of authors Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus.
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The Grandfather Gandhi Readers Theater Script (Word Doc) covers the entirety of the book and is divided into six roles plus a chorus.
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Explore the Educator’s Guide for Grandfather Gandhi (created by Simon & Schuster) including:

  • Background information on Mahatma Gandhi
  • Discussion questions including a Decision Tree
  • Vocabulary
  • Nonfiction text features
  • How illustration informs the text
  • Writing exercises
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Watch an interview with authors Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus, and illustrator Evan Turk.  (A video from Bethany Hegedus and Arun Gandhi about the book and the AISD program will be available by January 1, 2015.)
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With the Grandfather Gandhi Spinning Wheel Activity (B&W PDF) students can experience a hands-on activity that mimics the working of Gandhi’s spinning wheel.  The soothing humming of the spinning wheel allows students time to consider the choice of lightning or lamp. 
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