The Dublin City Schools in collaboration with the Columbus-based Gandhi Memorial Society, is celebrating the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 at Dublin Jerome High School.

The public event, which will include remarks from Dublin Mayor Greg Peterson and Superintendent Todd Hoadley, is designed to celebrate Dublin students who wrote essays about Gandhi's impact on society today, said David Woodmansee, Coffman history teacher and event organizer.

"We want as many people as possible," he said.

Gandhi's tradition of non-violent civil disobedience spurred other individuals to act accordingly, Woodmansee said, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

Whereas many students get frustrated with the violence, pain and suffering in the world, Gandhi's life is a reminder different methods exist to improve the world, he said.

Celebrating Gandhi's birthday (which was Oct. 2) aligns with the Gandhi Memorial Society's mission to spread the man's message of truth, love and nonviolence, said Manu Bhatt, society president.

"We decided that it would be best to approach the younger generation to spread this message, since they are the citizens of tomorrow," Bhatt said.

The goal was to have students compete in writing essays on Gandhi, his principles and his life, Bhatt said.

The society decided to work with Dublin City Schools, Bhatt said, because the district is one of the best in the state, and the city of Dublin is one of the most progressive and fastest growing cities in Ohio.

During the upcoming celebration, Bhatt said, all 88 participants of the essay contest will be given awards and prizes. One student selected from nine finalists will be given a $1,000 grand prize, he said.

The nine finalists include Dublin Coffman High School students: senior Amira Dehmani, freshman Isabelle Huckaby, junior Unni Shreram; Jerome senior Ronnie Di Ioris, freshman Vania Gandhi, and senior Rui Sahu; and Dublin Scioto High School senior Rafi Khan, junior Garrett Mielke and sophomore Aayushi Patel. The society also worked with the Dublin office of the U.S. Postal Service, 6400 Emerald Parkway, to offer envelopes and postcards with an Oct. 2 postmark celebrating Gandhi's 150th birthday, Bhatt said.

ssole@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekSarah