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Author celebrates Dot Day at North Tama

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International Dot Day is celebrated across the world, but it started in Eastern Iowa. The day celebrates the book The Dot, and the author Peter H. Reynolds made a visit at North Tama School, where the celebration first began. 

The Dot is a story about a teacher who encourages a student to explore her creativity.

North Tama students gave a warm welcome for the author who inspired what is now called International Dot Day. 

In 2009, North Tama teacher Terry Shay fell in love with the message in Peter Reynolds' book The Dot. He loved the message, and that sparked him to create a day just to celebrate the book. 

Each year, students at North Tama make their creative mark by celebrating Dot Day.  

"Everyone is really excited to have Peter here," said Shay. "All the students know him from his book and it's really awesome that they get to meet him."

In the book The Dot, a girl is convinced she can't draw. Her teacher dares her to make a mark. The student draws a dot, but that dot becomes the start of her creative journey. 
"Inspire kids to keep trying, don't give up," said Reynolds. "It doesn't have to be a grand plan, you can start with one little idea, one attempt and then just keep going."

"His books are really all about creativity, and we try to infuse creativity here at North Tama into the regular curriculum and give kids a chance to show how smart they are in a different way," said Shay. 

The creative spark has spanned across the world, even reaching Indonesia and Vietnam.

"We're just coming up on seven million educators and students in 135 countries all celebrating creativity," said Reynolds. "And it all started here in Iowa in Traer in North Tama schools so it's amazing one person can make such a difference."

Peter Reynolds is a New York Times best-seller for his children books.

To find out more information about International Dot Day, visit

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