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Smith Elementary Celebrates Creativity and Courage

Sep 13, 2018

Dot Day at Smith ElementaryDot Day Activities in the LibraryStudents at several Frisco ISD elementary schools joined more than 12 million children and adults around the globe this week in celebrating International Dot Day – a grassroots “creativity and courage” movement started in 2009 by a teacher in Iowa.

Inspired by New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds’ classic storybook The Dot, International Dot Day inspires young and old to embrace the power of personal creativity to help make their mark on the world, and move it to a better place.

International Dot Day began ten years ago when Iowa teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Reynolds’ book, and his students noticed the original publishing date of The Dot was Sept. 15, 2003. The students decided to celebrate the book’s birthday – and, little did they know, launched what would become a worldwide celebration of creativity and courage to “make your mark.”

The Dot is a story of a perceptive and caring teacher who reaches a reluctant student who thinks she can’t draw by encouraging her be brave enough to “just make a mark and see where it takes you.”  

At Smith Elementary, the book’s themes of creativity, bravery and self-expression were integrated into numerous activities.

Students sang The Dot song in music class, jumped through hoops in P.E., designed and painted dots from Matisse style to Mandela style in art and made augmented reality dots and animated dots in the library. All the fun culminates Friday with a giant human dot photo and visit from the Clark Middle School band and cheerleaders.

“Smith Elementary teachers believe students can accomplish great things, just like Vashti’s teacher believes she can in the book,” said Jan Pelias, Smith librarian.   

For more information about International Dot Day, visit or search #DotDay or #MakeYourMark on Twitter.

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