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Make Your Mark!

 

Before you read any further, pause for a moment.

Grab a piece of paper. Any size, any color will do.

Next, find something to draw with: pencil, pen, marker, crayon, or paintbrush.

Now make a dot on the paper in whatever way feels right to you.

 

With that, you have participated in International Dot Day.

You have made your mark.

But what is Dot Day?

 



In 2003, Peter H. Reynolds published a book simply called The Dot. It tells the story of Vashti, a student who doubts her artistic abilities, and her teacher, who believes everyone can—and should— create. A simple dot on a piece of paper changes Vashti’s perception of herself and her confidence grows by leaps and bounds. That confidence eventually leads her to inspire other students.

A few years later, teacher Terry Shay realized that the book had a very positive impact on his class and in his school. He believed in the power of “making your mark” and decided there should be a Dot Day to celebrate and encourage creativity, bravery, and self-expression. Since 2009, it has been observed in classrooms and communities around the world on September 15.

Dot Day is a day to focus on the creative side that lies in each one of us. Vashti’s teacher challenges her to, “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Making your creative mark could be a dot on a page. It could be a single word on a blank piece of paper. It might be a small square of clay. It could be a dance. It might even be a song. The wonderful thing about creativity and exploring our creative nature is that there are no rules.

And while September 15th-ish is the official International Dot Day, we believe that there should be time for creativity every day. We’re challenging you to celebrate Dot Day today or any day! Share the way you make your mark in the comments below—or through the conversations on social media with the hashtags #dotday and #makeyourmark.

For more information on International Dot Day visit www.thedotclub.org

You can find The Dot online and in Reading Club flyers now.

 

 

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