For Immediate Release: February 6, 2018

Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson (608) 663-1903

Annual event recognizes African American Parental Involvement and Contributions of African Americans

During the month of February, twenty schools across MMSD will participate in the district’s 14th annual Read Your Heart Out, a celebration of National African American Parental Involvement Day, literacy and African American history.

“Read Your Heart Out Day celebrates family engagement and reading,” said Nichelle Nichols, director of family, youth and community engagement. “We are excited to come together in partnership with families and our community to celebrate this day with our students.”

Read Your Heart Out engages family and community members as guest readers at schools. MMSD and the Wisconsin RtI Center partner on this event to strengthen opportunities for teachers, students and families across the District to be engaged in literacy and African American history. 

Read Your Heart Out combines the annual recognition of African American Parent Involvement Day with literacy by utilizing culturally relevant books that feature African American protagonists or have African American authors and/or illustrators.

The Madison School District is also seeking family and community readers. If you are interested in participating, you can see the list of school celebrations and register to volunteer at