", a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009." http://www.thedotclub.org
On September 15, we will once again celebrate International Dot Day. There are many ways to enjoy this great day: reading The Dot, dot art that celebrates creativity, connecting with others around the world, and reflecting on how we can make our mark.
This year, we will continue with one of our newer traditions of having the students nominate a person or group they think should receive a Make Your Make Award. While we are encouraging our students, and adults, to think of ways they can make their mark, the Make Your Mark Award is given to those who are already making a difference in the lives of their families, in their communities, and around the world. Children take great pride in recognizing those they know are outstanding role models. Last year, our students nominated a parent who is a police officer/EMT and also the Hepatitis B Foundation, for which another parent works. Both nominees received a Make Your Mark Award for the great work they are doing, and they were thrilled! See more about the Make Your Mark Award on our classroom International Dot Day web site here.
Whenever we can recognize the good that is being done near or far, it gives us yet another reason to celebrate!