‘Read Your Heart Out’ event honors African American heritage, helps students build stronger partnerships

‘Read Your Heart Out’ event honors African American heritage, helps students build stronger partnerships

Read Your Heart Out

MADISON (WKOW) — The Madison Metropolitan School District’s (MMSD) annual ‘Read Your Heart Out’ event kicked off Monday with song, dance, and fun.

MMSD has hosted the event for the last 20 years as a part of the celebration of National African American Parent Involvement Day on Feb. 13. 

Throughout the month, family, community members, and volunteers who identify as African American are invited to classrooms to read books, recite poetry, and just find ways to tell a story. 

Organizers say the event helps students build stronger partnerships with the community.

“They need to be able to look at people that are coming in from home, school and community, and they need to be able to say ‘Hey, they look like me,’ said Andreal Davis, a retired MMSD teacher. “Or, for other children, they need to say, ‘Maybe I’ve never seen someone come in to a school and read and look professional and bring so much love and joy to our school environment.”

The event embraces the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and sankofa.

The district encourages all MMSD parents and local community members who identify as African American to volunteer. 

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