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Pi Beta Phi Donates 80,000 Books to Children Across United States

Published On: 2019-03-06

For more information, contact:

Shawn Eagleburger
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications
(636) 256–0680

Pi Beta Phi Donates 80,000 Books to Children Across United States  

Literacy volunteers on behalf of Pi Beta Phi® Fraternity for Women distributed 80,000 books to children in Phoenix, Arizona; Tucson, Arizona; Omaha, Nebraska and Indianapolis, Indiana as part of the organization's Fraternity Day of Service. Through Signature Events in each city the weekend of March 1–2, Pi Beta Phi donated new, age appropriate books to children in need through local schools, after-school programs and community programs serving economically disadvantaged families. These are the first new books many of the children have ever received and are a critical step in improving literacy skills and fostering a love of reading. Pi Beta Phi members and friends from each city and the surrounding regions facilitated the book distributions and provided children's activities to promote literacy skills and interest in reading.

The book distributions were part of Pi Beta Phi's Fraternity Day of Service, a major Pi Beta Phi literacy initiative under the organization's national philanthropic effort, Read > Lead > Achieve®. Fraternity Day of Service is an annual event encouraging Pi Beta Phi members to provide literacy-related service and advocacy efforts to their communities. Through the four communities across the country hosting Signature Event book distributions, Pi Beta Phi put new books in the hands of 80,000 children in a single weekend. Through Read > Lead > Achieve, the organization has donated more than $4.5 million dollars to literacy causes, given one million books to children in need, and impacted one million lives between 2013 and 2017.

"The members of our Fraternity are united in our cause to promote the importance of reading," said Pi Beta Phi President Paula Shepherd. "According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, one in four children in the United States still reaches adulthood without the basic literacy skills needed to function in everyday life. Pi Beta Phi is honored to donate new books to the children of Indianapolis because we believe reading transforms individuals, creates leaders and is the foundation of all we can achieve in life."

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 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. Its charge is for each and every Pi Beta Phi to find a way she can participate, donate or advocate for Read > Lead > Achieve. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.