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International Dot Day inspires students to discover their creative spirit


International Dot Day is Thursday, Sept. 15 and students are celebrating through creative and collaborative activities across Spring Branch ISD. 

The global celebration was born in a classroom in 2009 and was inspired by the popular book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The story follows Vashti, a student who draws a dot after being frustrated because she is unable to draw like her classmates. The dot leads Vashti to discover her creative spirit. 

Today, it has become an annual celebration with almost 26 million participants in more than 190 countries. 

To encourage students to discover their own creative spirit and make their mark, teachers are engaging students in artistic activities, including expressing themselves through dressing up, painting and even decorating school walls. 

At Woodview Elementary, students can dress as dots to school. Shannon Hurt, Woodview librarian, notes that it celebrates student’s creativity and courage and helps them understand that as small as they are, they can still make a difference in the world. 

Memorial Drive Elementary (MDE) art teacher Naz Kaya organized an activity where students painted dots with glow-in-the-dark colors under a blacklight. 

She was excited to teach students about Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist who incorporates dots into her art. 

“I do this activity every year and students love it!” said Kaya. “It helps them understand that they are capable of making their mark by being themselves and expressing their artistry.” 

Kaya notes that Dot Day reinforces the poster on her wall that reads: Don’t decide you can’t, before you discover that you can.

Students were ecstatic to engage in the activity. 

Beren, an MDE second-grader, collaborated with her classmates as she combined glow-in-the-dark colors on her paper. 

“This is my favorite activity so far!” said Beren. “I enjoy being creative and making my picture unique by mixing colors. This piece of art really represents me!” 

See how classrooms across SBISD engaged in Dot Day celebrations here!