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Women’s Group Donates 500 New Books to Children in Need

Published On: 2018-01-31

For more information, contact:  
Constance Gibbs  
Senior Communications Coordinator  
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women  
(636) 256–0680  

Women’s Group Donates 500 New Books to Children in Need
ST. LOUIS – During a recent leadership conference, Pi Beta Phi® Fraternity for Women donated 500 books to The Little Bit Foundation, a nonprofit serving impoverished children in St. Louis. The Little Bit Foundation was created to remove obstacles standing in front of the greatest opportunity students have to end the cycle of poverty: their education.  
“We are so grateful for the continued support of Pi Beta Phi and their shared commitment to reading,” said Rosemary Hanley, The Little Bit Foundation Executive Director and Co-Founder. “We know literacy and learning open doors and create paths to greatness for children. Little Bit's mission is not only to break down barriers to learning for students living in poverty, but also to provide greater access to tools that empower their educational journey. It all begins with books.”    
The 500 books will be used for two Little Bit reading programs. The first, the Books & Buddies program, is designed to increase in-classroom libraries and reading engagement in pre-kindergarten through second-grade students. By pairing books with stuffed animals that relate to the story, students find comfort and security in practicing reading to their “buddies.” The second, the 1-2-3 Read! program, hosts one book fair each semester at each school, during which students can select two age-appropriate books to add to or start a personal book collection.   
Over the past several years, Pi Beta Phi has donated $4.5 million to literacy causes, provided well over one million books to children in need and impacted more than one million lives through literacy service. Now, the Fraternity is utilizing its army of Pi Phi volunteers as literacy advocates. Every Pi Phi is an advocate, and each one of our members can make a difference in the lives of children across the world.  
“Our Fraternity of more than 200,000 women is united in the 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 grows up functionally illiterate, and we believe that is one too many. Pi Beta Phi is thrilled to have the opportunity to give books to St. Louis area children because we believe reading 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 205 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. Our charge is for each and every Pi Beta Phi to find a way they 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.