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I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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Hi friends!

Across most world religions, springtime calls us to recognize themes of fresh beginnings and renewed hope. To truly appreciate what’s coming next, we have to acknowledge the struggle and hardship we’ve overcome to create these opportunities.

Here are some tools to help you navigate various April-ish topics with the kids.

No one expects you to dedicate your life 24/7 to doing ALL OF THESE in one month. But maybe pick a topic below and run with it.

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April Fools

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Mahavir Jayanti

Where are all the kids books and resources on this major Jain holiday?

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Qingming

A death-positive festival where we light shit on fire and bring snacks to our dead ancestors as a way to acknowledge endings & celebrate the start of spring.

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Passover

A Jewish observance celebrating escape from slavery and the transition from bitter hardship to hope and joy.

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Easter

A Christian observance that focuses on hope, rebirth, and emergence from hardship through the story of their main man J's resurrection and resistance against oppression.

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National Siblings day

Siblings - will they ever stop bickering? Probably not, but maybe this can help us negotiate a few moments of peace.

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Vaisakhi

A Sikh and Hindu observance of harvest and launching into a new beginning.

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I just wanted you to know.

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Festival of Ridván Begins

The Baháʼí festival celebrating their main dude Baháʼu'lláh and the transition from hardship to hope.

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A Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan, breaking fasts, and generosity.

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Armenian Martyr's Day

Learn how to stop and prevent ethnic cleansing and genocide.

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RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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I am a quiet, introverted person so action has been an area that I conveniently set to the side, time and time again.

Becoming a patron is part of an action step. I wanted to support the work that you do to vet the books and information I give to my family. I also plan to work with my local school district to increase diversity in the schools and libraries.

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RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

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