Hmong American Day Read Aloud is celebrated every year during the week of May 14. The 2020 Read Aloud was held virtually throughout the week of Monday, May 11 to Friday, May 15. This event highlights and uplifts Hmong language, literacy, culture, and history.

In 2015, Sheng Lee, one of the district's Hmong Bilingual Resource Specialist, wrote a letter to then Mayor Paul Soglin seeking a resolution in recognition and honor of Hmong-Americans and their historical, cultural, and economic contributions to the U.S. and, more specifically, within the city of Madison. Since then, May 14th has been designated as Hmong-American Day in the city of Madison, which is also in alignment with other cities and states across the country.

Here are just some of the great videos that were submitted this year. Check them out here or view the playlist on YouTube.

We invite and encourage students, families, and community members of Hmong descent, those who identify as Hmong, and have Hmong language as part of their lives, to participate. See the event on Facebook to learn more about this year's virtual read aloud.