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Pi Beta Phi Donates 1,500 New Books to Children in Need

Published On: 2017-12-11


For more information, contact:

Constance Gibbs
Senior Communications Coordinator
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women
(636) 256–0680

Pi Beta Phi Donates 1,500 New Books to Children in Need
DENVER – In celebration of its 150th birthday, Pi Beta Phi® Fraternity for Women donated 1,500 books to Richard T. Castro Elementary School, part of Denver Public Schools. Castro Elementary is a Title I school serving nearly 400 students in grades K-5. Of those students, 95 percent qualify for free and reduced lunch.

The 1,500 books were used to help grow Castro Elementary School’s library. Some of the books 
were also given to students to grow their home libraries. For many of the students, these are the first new books they have ever owned and are the first step to creating a lifelong love of reading.

“I love introducing students to new books and authors, and seeing them become excited about 
reading,” said Castro Elementary Teacher-Librarian Kristy Buchanan. “Because the students don’t always have access to books outside of school, I try to ensure they have access to as many different books as possible at school. I want to help students develop a love of reading that will stay with them throughout their lives.”

Pi Beta Phi’s donation of 1,500 books will make a significant impact on Castro Elementary students. 
The 2011 Colorado Student Assessment Program test scores showed that 26 percent of third graders tested below grade level expectations in reading. Research shows children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Education and access to new, age-appropriate books is critical to reversing these trends.

The book donation also honors the National Panhellenic Conference, the premier advocacy and support organization for the advancement of the sorority experience. The Conference provides guidance for its 26 member organizations and serves as the national voice on contemporary issues of sorority life. Pi Beta Phi is excited to celebrate its milestone 150th birthday with its Panhellenic sisters during the Conference’s annual meeting in Denver, October 26–28, 2017. 

“Our Fraternity believes reading transforms us, creates leaders and is vital to achieving our potential 
as individuals and as a society,” said Pi Beta Phi President Paula Shepherd. “With this donation, we are thrilled to honor sisterhood across badges and bring the life-changing gift of literacy to Denver area students.”

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 204 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. Pi Beta Phi 1154 TOWN AND COUNTRY COMMONS DRIVE
TOWN AND COUNTRY, MISSOURI 63017 (636) 256–0680 promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.