Students from every program and grade level in Smith School came together to participate in a community read event centered around Peter H. Reynolds’ book “The Dot.”
On May 21, 22 and 23, students gathered in groups to read and discuss the book together. The groups were designed to provide comfortable situations accounting for the needs of all students while also giving them an opportunity to interact with students and faculty they don’t usually see. Groups contained a mix of students from all grades and programs across Smith School.
The event was built around the guiding principles of the Circle of Courage: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity. Along with reading “The Dot” as a school community, each group took part in activities informed by these principles. Art projects inspired by the story helped students express their creativity and engage directly with the subject matter and themes presented in the book. The art activities were designed and planned with the help of Smith School art teacher Priscilla Reyer.
“The Dot” was chosen because its messages align with the Circle of Courage principles. It is also accessible for a wide variety of reading levels, providing an opportunity for all students to participate together. Books were provided for this activity with the support of a grant from the Triad Foundation.
The community read was organized with the help of Smith Librarian Geoff Hinman and was planned collaboratively by the Smith School faculty.
Participation in this event will lead into International Dot Day, a worldwide activity centered around the book that will take place September 17.