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Pi Beta Phi Foundation Donates 20,000 New Books to Phoenix Library

The Pi Beta Phi Foundation has donated 20,000 new books for students, schools, and libraries throughout the Valley. on a century of service and thousands of volunteers to inspire a lifelong love of reading which unlocks true potential. Through Pi Phi’s newest literacy advocacy programs, Pi Phi's across North America are changing lives through reading. One in four children will grow up functionally illiterate and for Pi Phi, that is one too many.

Phoenix, AZ, March 01, 2019 --( Phoenix Children to Receive 20,000 Books from Women's Organization

Literacy volunteers on behalf of Pi Beta Phi® Fraternity for Women will distribute 20,000 books to Phoenix children as part of the organization's Fraternity Day of Service on March 2. Through the Phoenix Signature Event, Pi Beta Phi will donate brand-new, age appropriate books to children in need through local schools, after-school programs and community programs serving economically disadvantaged families. These are the first new books many of the children will have ever received and are a critical step in improving literacy skills and fostering a love of reading. Pi Beta Phi members and friends from Phoenix and the surrounding region will facilitate the book distribution and provide interactive children's activities to promote literacy skills and interest in reading. The event will take place at Burton Barr Central Library on North Central Avenue.

The Phoenix book distribution is part of Pi Beta Phi's Fraternity Day of Service, a major Pi Beta Phi literacy initiative under the organization's national philanthropic effort, Read > Lead > Achieve®. Fraternity Day of Service is an annual event encouraging Pi Beta Phi members to provide literacyrelated service and advocacy efforts to their communities. Phoenix is one of four communities across the country to host a Signature Event book distribution; in a single weekend, Pi Beta Phi will put brand-new books in the hands of 80,000 children. Through Read > Lead > Achieve, the organization donated one million dollars to literacy causes, gave one million books to children in need, and impacted one million lives between 2013 and 2017.

"The members of our Fraternity are united in our cause to promote the importance of reading," said Pi Beta Phi President Paula Shepherd. "According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, one in four children in the United States still reaches adulthood without the basic literacy skills needed to function in everyday life. Pi Beta Phi is honored to donate new books to the children of Phoenix because we believe reading transforms individuals, creates leaders and is the foundation of all we can achieve in life."

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 204 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading; and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. Its charge is for each and every Pi Beta Phi to find a way she can participate, donate or advocate for Read > Lead > Achieve. For more information, visit or follow Pi Phi on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, please contact: Shawn Eagleburger Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women Work (636) 256–0680
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