Students at Hammond Eastside Magnet School celebrated International Dot Day on Sept. 15 with the help of visual arts teacher Heather McNamara.

“The Dot,” written by Peter H. Reynolds, is the story of a reluctant student who doubts her abilities. Her teacher dares her, “Make a mark, and see where it takes you.” The student’s creativity blooms, which in turn inspires others.

Students created a gallery of dots inspired by famous artists, the dot art of Australian Aborigines and even collaborative dot paintings, a news release said.

Prekindergarten and first-grade students identified the shape of a dot and asked fellow students, “May I help you paint your circle?” Students also were encouraged to identify people who made a positive impact, or “mark,” on their lives.