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The Sikh Coalition News
March 23, 2021
  • [NEW] Elementary school resources for Sikh celebrations

    March 23, 2021 (New York, NY) -- The Sikh Coalition is excited to launch “Sikh Celebrations: Lessons & Activities for Inclusive Classrooms” in time for this year’s Vaisakhi celebrations! Whether your children are attending school in-person or online, these classroom resources can be used to ensure that students have a chance to learn about Sikh celebrations through fun activities.

    Click here to view and download this resource for free.

    The classroom resources include four major Sikh celebrations: Vaisakhi, Bandi Chhor Divas, Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurab, and Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Gurpurab. For each celebration, the resources include greeting cards, classroom presentations with talking points, and arts and crafts activities.

    “We know that inclusive classrooms contribute to safer environments for Sikh children in America’s schools. For years, Sikh parents have asked us for fun and easy-to-use resources that can share important days for the Sikh community with their children’s teachers and classmates. We are excited to launch Sikh Celebrations ahead of Vaisakhi and hope that, whether schools are in-person or online, it helps Sikh students feel represented and gives their non-Sikh classmates an opportunity to learn more about our traditions.”
    – Harleen Kaur, Education and Community Engagement Manager

    Parents: Take Action Today

    If you are interested in bringing Sikh Celebrations to your child’s classroom, here are three steps that you can take:

    1. Choose one of the four celebrations (Vaisakhi, Bandi Chhor Divas, Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurab, and Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Gurpurab).
    2. Ask your child’s teacher if there is an opportunity to share more about the chosen Sikh celebration with their class. Here is an email template that you can use. Please specify if you would like to lead on presenting or whether you would prefer the teacher to do so.
    3. Once your child’s teacher agrees, you can use one, some, or all of the resources for that Sikh celebration, including: (a) an electronic or printed greeting card that can be given to all of the students; (b) a ready-made presentation for the class (including talking points for the presenter based on age groups); and (c) an arts and crafts activity or handout that students can complete.

    This year, Vaisakhi is on Wednesday, April 14. If you would like to help your child’s classmates learn more about Vaisakhi using the tools from Sikh Celebrations, we recommend that you reach out to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. For any questions and to share how you plan to use these resources, please email our education team at education@sikhcoalition.org.

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