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2017 FDS Webpage Updated

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

In 2016 Pi Beta Phi hosted its third annual Signature Events in five cities: Columbia, South Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Silicon Valley, California; and Tampa, Florida. Each event included a donation of 20,000 brand new books to children in need, purchased 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 reading. 

2017 Signature Events   

Congratulations to our five selected locations for 2017: Greater Dallas, TX; Portland Metro, OR; Detroit, MI; Hartford, CT; and Washington, D.C. To learn more about why these cities were chosen, please click here. Sign up to receive more information about supporting the events here.


Pi Beta Phi will again offer 100 grants for a donation of 500 books to a registered First Book recipient group of your club or chapter's choice. In order to sign up for one of the FDS500 grants, you will need to attend one of the following webinars prior to the September 1 sign-up date:

  • August 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. CST
  • August 16, 2016 7 p.m. CST
  • August 18 10 a.m. CST

To sign up for a webinar, please click here. You will need the following log-in information to participate in the webinar:

If you have any questions about the FDS500 promotion, please email literacy@pibetaphi.org.

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. Start planning your chapter or alumnae organization’s Fraternity Day of Service event today, if you haven't already. 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 video taped. 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.