Feb. 13, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Six UW football players visited Mendota School in Madison on Friday, Feb. 10, to promote "Read Your Heart Out Day" and National African-American Parent Involvement Day.
Freshman James Adeyanju read Clifford the Big Red Dog to the students with the assistance of his teammates, Jameson Wright, Kenzel Doe, Melvin Gordon, Jesse Hayes and Terrance Floyd.
"It was amazing to see how shocked the kids were and how excited they were to see us," said red-shirt freshman Jameson Wright.
Upon completing the book, the student-athletes shared their personal stories and gave the first and second graders advice on how to succeed in school.
"We told them if you work hard you can do anything you want," said Wright. "We also said to listen to your teachers, because school is where it starts."
"Read Your Heart Out Day" is sponsored by the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Division of Equity and Family Involvement. It aims to build positive family, community and school relationships and to encourage involvement from parents in the schools, according to the Madison Times.