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Fraternity Day of Service

Signature Events
Pi Beta Phi’s Fraternity Day of Service is celebrated on or around March 2 in honor of Dr. Seuss’® birthday. This year 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. 

Would your club like to host a Signature Event in 2017?   

 Thank you for your interest in hosting a Signature Event. We are no longer accepting applications for 2017. Please check back here in late June to see which cities will be hosting a Fraternity Day of Service Signature Event in Pi Phi's 150th year!

Contact Bree Melton , Literacy Engagement Coordinator with any questions.  

Pi Beta Phi offers 100 grants for a donation of 500 books to a registered First Book recipient group of your club or chapter's choice. All of the grants were signed up for in record time this year. To learn more about FDS500, please download and review the presentation given in September.
If you have any questions about the FDS500 promotion, please contact Literacy Engagement Coordinator, Bree Melton, at 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.

Below you’ll find some ways your chapter or alumnae organization can organize and plan a successful event. You can also click here for even more ways to make your event a success!

  • Book donations: Book donations are an important component of any Fraternity Day of Service event. Access to books is a critical step in learning to read for all children, especially those who don’t have their own books at home. Be sure you plan to have enough books for each child to receive one at your event.  
  • Champions are Readers: There are several ways to incorporate Pi Phi’s Champions are Readers®(CAR) program into your Fraternity Day of Service event. Whether you’d like to use the new CAR activities as part of an activity station or you’d like to invite your CAR classroom to your Fraternity Day of Service event, be sure to include CAR in your plans.  
  • Reading activity stations: Service is also an important part of your event. Volunteers can organize stations to give away books, read aloud to children, partner read with children or color story characters. Incorporating activity stations is a great way to celebrate Fraternity Day of Service.  
  • Reading Education and Awareness: Pi Beta Phi believes in the power of reading. Be sure to promote Read > Lead > Achieve at your event and create awareness around the cause. You have resources available to you including the Parent Tips Brochure, which illustrates how parents can help their children become successful readers. You can also view and share Pi Beta Phi’s literacy videos, including the new Story of One video at www.youtube.com/pibetaphihq.  

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.