Sommer Elementary was proud to host
Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus
October 27, 2014
We welcomed Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and Bethany Hegedus, local Austin, Texas author, to our campus to present their joint effort, Grandfather Gandhi (click on the picture above to access the book's website). They were able to share their book with all of our students in three sessions today. We were honored by district level guests as well--Dr. Flores (Superintendent), Ms. Amacher (Executive Director of Elementary Schools), Dr. Presley (Chief of Schools & Innovation) , and Ms. Pena (Community Relations). Students, parents, and staff were treated to readings and discussion of this wonderful picture book, which was just announced as a 2015-2016 Bluebonnet Award Nominee this past weekend at the Texas Book Festival. Mr. Gandhi shared stories of his time with Mahatma Gandhi and his experiences growing up in South Africa and India, relating them to the work he does today to eradicate poverty and injustice. The students were encouraged to be peacemakers and bring positive change to the world in their lifetimes.