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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 2019 Pi Beta Phi Fraternity Day of Service Signature Events will be held in the following cities:

The 2018 Fraternity Day of Service Signature Events were held March 1–3, 2018, in five locations across the United States: Bakersfield (CA), Chicago, Cincinnati, Little Rock and Milwaukee. 20,000 books were sorted and book fairs set up prior to each event. Across the United States, Pi Beta Phis donated 105,000 books over the course of that weekend.     


Pi Beta Phi was able to offer 100 grants again this year for a donation of 500 books to a registered First Book recipient group nominated by a Pi Beta Phi alumnae club or collegiate chapter. If you are interested in nominating an organization to receive free books from Pi Phi through FDS500 in 2019, you must attend a refresher webinar in the summer/fall of 2018. More information on how to attend the webinar and nominate a recipient group will be posted later in the year.

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.