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The Sikh Coalition News
August 18, 2020
  • Virtual Book Readings Available for Schools

    August 18, 2020 (New York, NY) -- Yesterday, the Sikh Coalition convened more than 100 community members from across the country for a webinar about “Sharing Sikh Stories: Creating a Kinder World Through Diverse Children’s Literature.” If you were unable to join the webinar, you can click here to watch the full video and share it with others in your sangat.

    During the webinar, three children’s book authors--Raakhee Mirchandani, Supriya Kelkar, and Simran Jeet Singh--joined us to discuss the importance of diverse and inclusive children’s literature and how sharing our new classroom discussion guides with your child’s teacher can be an easy first step in raising Sikh awareness at your child’s school.

    In case you missed it: Raakhee (Super Satya Saves the Day) and Simran Jeet (Fauja Singh Keeps Going) are available to read their books virtually for your child’s classroom! Click here to request a free virtual book reading from Raakhee or Simran Jeet and help raise Sikh awareness at your child’s school.

    The virtual book readings are completely free. The Sikh Coalition will donate both books, plus Supriya’s The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh, to every school that participates in these virtual classroom visits.

    While school looks very different than usual for students across the country this year, the Sikh Coalition is committed to equipping parents and teachers with the tools necessary to successfully teach about Sikhism and the Sikh identity in the classroom. The Sikh Coalition’s full library of Back to School resources, including lesson plans, the Educator’s Guide on Sikhism, accommodation letters for articles of faith, and more are still available for any parents who need them. In addition, we have included guidance for Khalsa Schools and helpful tips for parents on the increased risk of cyberbullying in our collection of COVID-19 community resources. Lastly, the Sikh Coalition Kid’s Corner remains available online; these workshops are great programming to supplement your child’s education from home or share with your child’s teacher to encourage broader cultural education.

    For more information about the Back to School Toolkit or to discuss opportunities about how the Sikh Coalition can support you and your sangat in outreach efforts to educators, please contact education@sikhcoalition.org.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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