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Pi Beta Phi to Donate 5,000 New Books to Children in Need

Published On: 2015-06-25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For information please contact:
Bree Melton
Literacy Initiatives Coordinator
(571) 268–3748
bmelton@pibetaphi.org

Pi Beta Phi to Donate 5,000 New Books to Children in Need  

CHICAGO – June 25, 2015 – During its biennial convention, June 26–30, 2015, at the Hilton Chicago, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women® will donate 5,000 children’s books to SitStayRead.

SitStayRead brings dogs into Chicago Public Schools to help struggling young readers develop critical early literacy skills. The dogs and their human book buddies visit first- through fourth-grade classrooms. Children get to read about a dog, see a dog and touch a dog — an experience that increases confidence and generates excitement about reading.

Pi Beta Phi is putting books into the hands of these deserving students through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®. For every Instagram picture, every Facebook like and every mention of #readleadachieve during its biennial convention, Pi Beta Phi will donate one book to SitStayRead — up to 5,000 books. The goal of the social media campaign is for Pi Beta Phi members, families and friends to create a buzz around the importance of reading while also impacting the lives of Chicago area students through the book donation.

“The books from Pi Beta Phi will give our students the gift of reading,” said SitStayRead Program Director Kate McIlvain. “We serve a population that is regularly under-resourced, so many of our students have little exposure to reading at home. But with this donation, our students have the opportunity to take home books they will keep and cherish.”

The 5,000 books will be used in SitStayRead summer reading packs. The packs contain two brand-new books, pencils, notebooks and T-shirts. Students have the opportunity to hand-select their books and can choose from a variety of grade-specific titles across genres, from adventure novels to science and nature books.

“We are honored to be able to support SitStayRead and their wonderful reading programs in Chicago Public Schools,” said Pi Beta Phi President Paula Pace Shepherd. “Our Fraternity believes reading transforms individuals, creates leaders and is the foundation of all that 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 202 collegiate chapters and nearly 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 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 and Facebook.

About SitStayRead: SitStayRead brings dogs into Chicago Public Schools to help struggling young readers develop critical early literacy skills. The children read books about dogs to the dogs, and as a result, make 47.8% greater fluency gains than their non-participating peers. Learn how you can help connect certified reading-assistance dogs to struggling young readers at www.sitstayread.org.

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