For ten years, The Pennington School has been celebrating International Dot Day — a day created to encourage creativity, courage, and collaboration. International Dot Day was established by educator Terry Shay in response to The Dot, a story written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. The book by Reynolds tells the story of a "caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to 'make her mark.'" What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.
Middle School English teacher Lisa Fitzpatrick introduced this tradition to the School after reading The Dot a decade ago. Students in the Middle and Upper School took some time to create their own "dots" on September 16 after the book was read aloud in Middle School Chapel and in Caroline Hall's art classes/club. Fitzpatrick says the dots symbolize each student's ability to "make their mark" at the start of the school year. At the end of the day, the walls in Stainton Hall and the art classroom were full of unique, colorful dots.