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Washington Children to Receive 30,000 Books from Pi Beta Phi

Published On: 2019-06-10

For more information, please contact:

Shawn Eagleburger
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications
(636) 256–0680
seagleburger@pibetaphi.org

Washington Children to Receive 30,000 Books from Women's Organization

Literacy volunteers on behalf of Pi Beta Phi® Fraternity for Women will distribute 30,000 books to Washington children as part of the organization's 72nd Biennial Convention on July 1. Through the convention book distribution, Pi Beta Phi will donate 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 will have ever received and are a critical step in improving literacy skills and fostering a love of reading. Pi Beta Phi members and friends attending convention will facilitate the book distribution and promote literacy skills and interest in reading. The event will take place at theWashington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The book distribution is a major Pi Beta Phi literacy initiative included in the organization's national philanthropic effort, Read > Lead > Achieve®.Through Read > Lead > Achieve events and programs, Pi Beta Phi members are encouraged to provide literacy-related service and advocacy efforts to their communities. Each year, Pi Beta Phi sponsors similar events across the United States in celebration of the organization's Fraternity Day of Service. Through book distributions in March 2019, Pi Beta Phi placed new books in the hands of 80,000 children in four major cities. Through Read > Lead > Achieve, Pi Beta Phi 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 Marla Wulf, Pi Beta Phi Vice President of Programming. "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 Washington because we believe reading transforms individuals, creates leaders and is the foundation of all we can achieve in life."