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Madison Metropolitan School District

Read Your Heart Out

What is Read Your Heart Out?

In the month of February, schools across MMSD participate in the district's annual Read Your Heart Out (RYHO) event in celebration of National African American Parent Involvement Day. In 2023, it will be our 19th year participating in this cultural tradition. Family members, community members and volunteers who identify as African American/Black read books, recite poetry or connect with students through visual or oral storytelling in the classroom during February’s Read Your Heart Out celebration. However, due to COVID-19, readers will now engage with students virtually. Read Your Heart Out embraces the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and sankofa. Schools work to embed these seven principles into their Read Your Heart Out event to make it special and to honor African American heritage.

Reading to students
Holding a book up to students
smiling volunteer

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