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SYSK: Eastern Iowa teacher inspired to start International Dot Day

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Math dots, coffee filter dots and many more dots lined the hallways at North Tama Schools in Traer. All the dots were in honor of International Dot Day, which began in 2009.

The day is inspired by the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds.

"The book is about a student named Vashti and she doesn't want to draw anything in her art class, and the teacher asks her to make a mark. She stabs the paper, and the teacher says now sign it. That starts a journey for her of being more creative and making her mark," said teacher Terry Shay.

North Tama music and computer teacher Terry Shay read the book and was inspired to start Dot Day as a way to encourage all students to be creative.

"I noticed schools are doing a lot of tests and things that aren't quite so fun, and I wanted students to have a creative outlet, to do something fun, so I suggested to Peter Reynolds, who wrote the book, that we have a day where kids make dots," said Shay.

This year, more than 575,000 students and teachers around the world participated in International Dot Day on September 15th. Students at North Tama said they enjoy a day devoted to creativity.

"I feel like sometimes you get into a routine of school like another test, and every once in awhile it's fun to do something to be creative and be yourself," said senior Shannon Stuart.

To celebrate Dot Day, about 280 elementary students and teachers created the world's biggest human dot on the school's football field. A representative from Congressman Bruce Braley's office was there and presented Terry Shay with a Congressional Record commemorating International Dot Day.

Terry Shay hopes Dot Day inspires students to be creative every day.

"I hope they think about making their mark. How they can have one thing that could really change the world," said Shay.

Terry Shay proof how a small idea from someone in a small town can truly "make a mark" on the rest of the world.

For more information on International Dot Day, click here.

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