Focusing on The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, Stratford Avenue School kicked off the new school year by celebrating International Dot Day Sept. 15.
Activities were based on the message in Reynold’s book, “Make your mark and see where it takes you,” a motto Stratford students will be guided by during the school year.
The Dot tells the story of a girl who thinks she cannot draw but ends up being a famous artist and an inspiration to others. Students and teachers dressed for the occasion in polka-dotted clothing to mark the book’s publication date – Sept. 15, 2003 - and attended a special multi-media presentation in Stratford’s auditorium by librarian Patti Donovan.
Principal Eileen Vota encouraged discussion after the reading emphasizing the importance of “leaving your mark on the world, being creative, and, most importantly, having a voice.”
Students responded with insightful comments about the book’s message such as, “You should always do your best,” “Don’t give up,” “You can do anything you put your mind to” and “You don’t have to be the best, just do your best.”
Parents can find out more about The Dot here.