March 2, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Redshirt junior football player David Gilbert visited Midvale Elementary School in Madison on Thursday, Feb. 23 to read to first-grade students in celebration of National African American Parent Involvement Day and "Read Your Heart Out Day".
Gilbert read Wings by Christopher Meyers and answered questions about being a student-athlete.
"We learn a lot about teamwork, a lot about respect," Gilbert said. "Always work with your teachers, they are like your teammates. Respect each other, you'll have better relationships and that's what's important."
Gilbert also acted as "line leader" and led the students to the bus at the end of the day.
"They loved having him," said Kathy Chamberlain, first-grade teacher at Midvale. "He was a really wonderful model of the importance of school."
"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.