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Read Your Heart Out

What is Read Your Heart Out?

In 2024, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of 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. 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. 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.

Images from 2024 RYHO Celebration

Speaker talking on stage at Read Your Heart Out event
Elementary students and staff sitting in bleachers at Read Your Heart Out event.
A group of students performing in a drum circle during Read Your Heart Out event
Elementary students sitting on bleachers during Read Your Heart Out event
A group of students performing a dance at the Read Your Heart Out event
A group of students performing a dance at the Read Your Heart Out event
A group of students performing a dance at the Read Your Heart Out event
A group of students performing a dance at the Read Your Heart Out event
A group of students performing a dance at the Read Your Heart Out event
A group of students performing a song at the Read Your Heart Out event
Staff and community members listening at Read Your Heart Out event
Students performing a song at Read Your Heart Out event
Two individuals smiling at the Read Your Heart Out event
Students performing a song at the Read Your Heart Out event
Speaker on stage playing a drum at Read Your Heart Out event
Two individuals smiling at the Read Your Heart Out event
Four staff and community members smiling for a picture
Two staff members smiling at the Read Your Heart Out event
Read Your Heart Out event ambassadors sitting on stage.
Read Your Heart Out event ambassadors and student representative sitting on stage.
Read Your Heart Out award winners: Andreal Davis and Michelle Belnavis
Student in blue shirt performing with classmates
Elementary student performing in drum circle with classmates at Read Your Heart Out event
speaker Andreal Davis talking at Read Your Heart Out event
Speaker talking at Read Your Heart out event
Student singing at Read Your Heart Out event
Books displayed on table for Read Your Heart out
Speaker talking at podium at Read Your Heart out event
Two adults smiling for camera at Read Your Heart Out event
Group of people sitting at table and listening at the Read Your Heart Out event
Read Your Heart Out Awards, spread across the table
Adult speaking at a podium at Read Your Heart Out event
Group of adults listening at Read Your Heart Out event
Andreal Davis speaking at the Read Your Heart Out event.
An adult speaker at the Read Your Heart Out event
Read Your Heart Out award winner, Andreal Davis performing with a musical selection on a drum
Adults talking and eating in cafeteria at Read Your Heart Out event
Read Your Heart Out trophies for Andreal Davis and Michelle Belnavis
People eating in cafeteria decorated for Read Your Heart Out event
Picture of mosaic tile artwork of Martin Luther King Jr on a wall
Two adults smiling for camera at Read Your Heart Out event
students and community members eating at Read Your Heart Out event
Two adults smiling for camera at Read Your Heart Out event
Read Your Heart Out award winner Andreal Davis and another adult smiling at Read Your Heart Out event
Two adults smiling for camera
Read Your Heart Out winner Michelle Belnavis and another individual smiling for camera
two adults with Read Your Heart Out shirts on smiling at the camera
Two individuals smiling at Read Your Heart Out event
Students performing in a drumming circle
A group of adults smiling at the Read Your Heart Out Event
Students performing in a drumming circle
Read Your Heart Out Award Winners: Andreal Davis and Michelle Belnavis
Students drumming and leaders circle group smiling for camera
Students and leader participating in a drumming performance
A group of students smiling and posing for camera at Read Your Heart Out event
two individuals smiling for the camera at Read Your Heart Out event
two Read Your Heart Out ambassadors smiling for the camera
three adult community members smiling at Read Your Heart Out event

For more information, connect with us at fyce@madison.k12.wi.us