Help kick off another school year of creativity and inspiration by participating in International Dot Day. The event originated five years ago when a classroom teacher and his students decided to celebrate the birthday of the celebrated book, "The Dot," by Peter H. Reynolds, which was first published on September 15, 2003. This year the event has swelled to include nearly a quarter of a million children, teachers, librarians and parents in events around the globe. Here in Boston, you can participate in a local celebration outside the Boston Children's Museum. Just as the teacher in the book encouraged a student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark” (and the student did, starting with a single dot on a page), participants in Dot Day are also encouraged to make their own marks -- on canvas, the sidewalk, using different art materials and more. Mayor Tom Menino and author Peter Reynolds will read "The Dot" out loud, the author will sign copies, and the event will end with a screening of an animated version of the story. The event is a great way to remind us all that the arts aren't extras in education, but are necessary for helping students to be creative, problem-solving people. What will your mark look like? Sat., Sept. 15, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free. All ages. Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. www.thedotclub.org. Sign up for the event on its Facebook page.
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