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Fraternity Day of Service

Fraternity Day of Service is Pi Beta Phi’s International Day of Literacy-related service celebrated in honor of Dr. Seuss’® birthday. Clubs, chapters and individual Pi Phis across the globe host books fairs, read with children and promote reading in their local communities on or around March 2 every year. Each chapter and club celebrates differently with the common thread of advocating the importance of reading. At the international level, Pi Beta Phi celebrates in a couple of unique ways.

Signature Events

The 2020 Fraternity Day of Service Signature Events will be held February 28-29, 2020, in five locations across the United States: Birmingham, Alabama; Columbia, Missouri; Raleigh, North Carolina; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Toledo, Ohio. Across the United States, Pi Beta Phis will donate more than 125,000 books over the course of that weekend. 


Each year, Pi Beta Phi awards grants to 100 First Book recipient groups nominated by Pi Phi chapters and alumnae clubs through our FDS500 program. The grants can be used to purchase up to 500 new books from First Book, and the books are distributed to children in need. We donated 50,000 new books through FDS500 as part of our 2019 Fraternity Day of Service celebration! Information about the 2020 FDS500 grant program nomination process will be posted here in early fall 2019.

Chapters and Clubs

Even if you don't live in one of the cities chosen to host a Signature Event, you can still participate in Fraternity Day of Service by hosting your own reading event to benefit your community. It's never too early to start planning your chapter or alumnae organization’s Fraternity Day of Service event. Each chapter and alumnae organization is encouraged to plan an event that promotes reading to children in your community. To see how other Pi Phis are implementing literacy service in their communities, visit the Read > Lead > Achieve® Facebook page where you can also share your literacy story.

Click here for ideas and inspiration for how your chapter or alumnae club can organize and plan a successful event!

Please remember to follow the Photo and Video Release and Waiver Practice when hosting events where minor children are present and being photographed and/or videotaped. You can also download the Photo and Video Release and Waiver Form in the Resource Library.

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