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FDS2016

Fraternity Day of Service

Pi Beta Phi’s Fraternity Day of Service was created in honor of Dr. Seuss’® birthday and his importance to children’s literature. Every year in early March, Pi Phi clubs, chapters and members around the world host book fairs, read with children and promote reading in their communities. Each celebration is different, but all are linked by the common thread of literacy-related service.

If you're not able to attend a Signature Event, you can participate in Fraternity Day of Service by hosting a reading event to benefit your community! Each Pi Phi chapter and alumnae club is encouraged to plan an event that promotes reading to children. To be inspired by the ways other Pi Phis are providing literacy service in their communities, see our list of ideas and follow #ReadLeadAchieve on social media.

If you have questions about Fraternity Day of Service, please contact literacy@pibetaphi.org.

Signature Events

Fraternity Day of Service Signature Events are held in several major cities across North America every year. At each event, Pi Phi volunteers distribute 20,000 new, age–appropriate books to children in need and promote the importance of reading and literacy. These are the first new books many of the children will have ever received. Providing access to books is a critical step in improving literacy skills and fostering a love of reading.

You can bring 20,000 new books to children in your community. Apply to host a 2021 Fraternity Day of Service Signature Event! Applications must be received by July 1, 2020.

FDS500 Grants

Through the FDS500 program, Pi Beta Phi awards grants to 100 First Book® recipient groups, nominated by Pi Phi chapters and alumnae clubs, each year. The grants can be used to purchase up to 500 new books from First Book, and the books are distributed to children in need.The 2020 grant nomination timeline will be announced later this year.

All Pi Phi Read > Lead > Achieve® initiatives — including Fraternity Day of Service Signature Events and the FDS500 grant program — are made possible through generous gifts to The Literacy Fund at Pi Beta Phi Foundation.