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Integrity

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Lifelong Commitment

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Honor and Respect

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Personal and Intellectual Growth

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Philanthropic Service to Others

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Sincere Friendship

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Integrity

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Lifelong Commitment

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Honor and Respect

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Personal and Intellectual Growth

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Philanthropic Service to Others

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Sincere Friendship

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Integrity

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Sincere Friendship

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Lifelong Commitment

 Our National Philanthropies
 


Read > Lead > Achieve 


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At Pi Beta Phi, we believe in the power of reading. We believe reading has always been - and always will be - a powerful step toward a life of enduring impact. One out of four children cannot read, which is one too many.  

We believe in inspiring readers, sparking imaginations and igniting the desire to learn. We believe that readers become leaders. And, we believe reading is the foundation of all that we can achieve in life.

For more than a century, we've committed ourselves to creating a more literate and productive society. We've changed with the times, but never shifted our vision. So at Pi Beta Phi, we honor the past while we build for the future.

      Pi Beta Phi’s commitment to literacy dates back 100 years to the founding of a Settlement School in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Pi Phi was solely responsible for all education in Gatlinburg until the 1940s and continued to provide educational and financial assistance until 1967. Today, through Read > Lead > Achieve reading initiatives, Pi Phi continues the tradition of supporting children and families through literacy service. Pi Beta Phi Elementary School is a true testament to the Fraternity’s dedication to education. 

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    After the Gatlinburg community took over the operations of the Settlement School, Pi Phi directed its philanthropic efforts to communities across the United States and Canada. Throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Pi Phi chapters and alumnae organizations participated in community literacy projects and created Links to Literacy. Fraternity programs Arrow in the Arctic (1967) and Champions are Readers® (2003) added additional ways of serving local communities.

    Pi Beta Phi continues to spread its reach in literacy by working in partnership with prominent organizations, including: The Library of Congress Center for the Book and First Book®.In honor of Dr. Seuss'® March 2 birthday, all members are encouraged to participate in Pi Beta Phi’s Fraternity Day of Service, focusing their efforts on reading in their communities.

The Power of Reading  

  According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, one in four children will grow up functionally illiterate. This statistic sums up why we work so hard in our philanthropic efforts; we believe that reading is an invitation to possibilities.

    The National Education Association says that the more children spend time reading, the better they will read, which is why Pi Beta Phi aims to provide positive reading experiences through Read > Lead > Achieve initiatives, such as Champions are Readers® and Fraternity Day of Service. Providing access to books with the support of organizations like First Book®, improves interest in reading, increases desire to learn and boosts reading at home.

   Located below is a link to the video "Read Lead Achieve and The Story of One"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lSblk7lmT8   

First Book Partnership

 

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 In June 2007, Pi Beta Phi and Pi Beta Phi Foundation announced its corporate partnership with First Book, an international nonprofit organization founded in 1992 with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.

    Through innovative PROGRAMS, First Book and Pi Beta Phi are committed to bringing new books to children from low-income families in communities across the United States and Canada. Since the beginning of the partnership, Pi Phi and First Book have donated more than $1 million — the equivalent of 2 million brand-new books. For more information about First Book, visit www.firstbook.org.

  Arrow in the Arctic

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Pi Phi's Canadian philanthropy, Arrow in the Arctic, supports literacy in Canada's Northern library systems: the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Established at the 1967 Convention to commemorate the centennials of Canada and Pi Beta Phi, Arrow in the Arctic donations are also help to preserve the language and culture of the north's Inuit and First Nations.

 

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The Literacy Fund at Pi Beta Phi Foundation provides the financial support for all Read>Lead>Achieve initiatives. Chapter support of The Literacy Fund is critical to the success of Read>Lead>Achieve and The Story of One campaign, which will positively impact 1 million lives through reading over the next four years.Click here to learn more about the foundation and its support of Pi Beta Phi and reading.  

 Fraternity Day of Service 

 Since 2005, Pi Phi's have been giving their time, talents, and treasures to their local communities to promote reading in honor of Fraternity Day of Service. This day of service is held on or around March 2nd of every year in honor of Dr. Seuss birthday. This year Pi Beta Phi hosted its third Signature Events in five cities: Columbia, South Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Silicon Valley, California; and Tampa, Florida. Each event included the donation of 20,000 brand new books to children in need from First Book. Alumnae clubs and chapters in each of these cities worked together with Pi Beta Phi Headquarters staff to distribute books, promote literacy and get children excited about learning. To learn more about the Fraternity Day of Service click here.