Numerous art classes in buildings across the district participated in International Dot Day activities and projects, based on the book “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. The book’s strong message encourages students to always try their best.
At JFK, art teacher Briana Nussbaum and music teacher Kristen Lombardo collaborated to create a multifaceted piece. In art class, students worked on creating their own dots, while fourth-grade music classes learned a Dot Day song written by Reynolds and Emily Dale. The two teachers then used footage of the dots being made and a recording of the students singing the Dot Day song to develop a music video.
At Robert Frost, seventh graders who had grown up reading “The Dot” revisited the book during Samantha Racano’s art classes. The students rotated between four stations, with activities ranging from marble-paint rolling and painting tie-dye, to stamping dots of paint and finally chalk-dipping.
“We read ‘The Dot’ again together because the message is important for all ages,” Racano said. “The students and myself all had so much fun creating such a variety of dots.”
All of the participating schools prepared Dot Day banners for display.
“It’s a beautiful thing when our children can utilize both art and music to promote love, acceptance and kindness towards each other,” JFK Associate Principal Shaun McLeod said.