Willow Bend Celebrates International Dot Day

“Make your mark and see where it takes you.”

Willow Bend Elementary students joined more than 13 million people in 178 countries to celebrate International Dot Day. The day is named for the classic Peter H. Reynolds storybook The Dot and shares the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to “make her mark.”

Darby Pilgrim, Willow Bend Media Specialist, read The Dot to students at every grade level while they listened intently to an inspiring tale of a girl who says she cannot draw. When she tells her teacher, she says to “make a mark and see where it takes you.” Vashti, the main character, draws a dot on her paper and her teacher then says “now sign it.” The next week she is surprised to see her dot framed on display in the teacher’s office. Seeing her dot, she says “I can make a better dot than that.” She then starts drawing elaborate, colorful dots and realizes she is indeed an artist.

“International Dot Day is celebrated in classrooms and libraries all around the world,” said Pilgrim. “I was a lot like the the main character, Vashti, when I was little. You have to believe you can make your mark in this world.”

The celebration ended with an activity where students created their own artistic of dots on paper plates to be displayed on the walls of the library for the rest of the school year.