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FDS News Story

2013 Fraternity Day of Service

Published On: 2013-03-01

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Pi Beta Phi Fraternity Day of Service Increases Literacy Awareness
ST. LOUIS – March 2, 2013 – Pi Beta Phi members will be celebrating literacy today across North America as part of Pi Phi’s annual Fraternity Day of Service, held each year on Dr. Seuss’® birthday. Fraternity Day of Service encourages all chapters and alumnae organizations to host or participate in a literacy service event in their communities.

Each literacy event will encourage reading and promote literacy. From creating a library to reading to children to educating others on the importance of literacy, these events are a great opportunity for Pi Phis to collaborate and serve their communities while promoting the Fraternity’s literacy platform Read. Lead. Achieve.®

“Fraternity Day of Service is one of my favorite days of the year,” Pi Beta Phi Grand President Mary Tatum said. “The commitment each of our chapters and alumnae clubs show in support of Pi Phi’s literacy vision (Pi Beta Phi leads the way to a more literate society) is inspiring. Even as individuals, we can each make a difference through Fraternity Day of Service.”

For this year’s Fraternity Day of Service, Pi Beta Phi has partnered again with First Book®, an international nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Pi Beta Phi chapters and alumnae organizations can each grant $100 to a local recipient group of their choice to be used in First Book’s Marketplace. These grants will help get new books into the hands of thousands of children across North America.

Visit www.pibetaphiliteracystory.org to read some of the great literacy event stories Pi Beta Phi chapters and alumnae organizations have shared. To learn more about Pi Beta Phi’s Fraternity Day of Service, visit www.pibetaphi.org/fraternitydayofservice.

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded at Monmouth College in Illinois in 1867, Pi Beta Phi has 136 chapters and more than 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity leads the way to a more literate society through its Read. Lead. Achieve. literacy initiatives, including its reading enrichment program Champions are Readers®, its Canadian philanthropy Arrow in the Arctic and its partnership with First Book. All of these engaging literacy initiatives are supported by The Literacy Fund at Pi Beta Phi Foundation. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.