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MJGDS Students Made Their Marks!

Last week, 3- and 4-year old preschool students as well as students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 3rd grades were among more than 619,000 children worldwide who “made their mark” by celebrating International Dot Day. This event is celebrated annually. It grew out of Peter H. Reynold’s book The Dot (2003), an Irma S. and James H. Black Honor for Excellence in Children's Literature award-winning book. It tells the story of Vashti, a girl who doesn’t think she can draw. But when her teacher encourages her to “make her mark”, Vashti discovers her own creative spirit.

Here at the MJGDS library, the celebration was as a collaborative effort with our art teacher, Shana Gutterman. We read the story, talked about the meaning of creativity and that there is an artist in all of us, and then the kids created some wonderful art projects. The great culminating event was our 3rd grade's Skype date with a class in Weatherford, Texas. A special experience we hope to repeat!

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