The International mission of Pi Beta Phi is to enrich lives through community service. One of Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropic efforts is the Read > Lead > Achieve® program, which inspires a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential creating a more literate and productive society.
At Pi Beta Phi we believe in the power of reading. Furthermore, we believe;
- Reading always has been – and always will be – a powerful step toward a life of enduring impact.
- Reading is inspiring, it sparks imaginations and ignites the desire to learn.
- Readers become leaders.
We believe reading is the foundation of all that we can achieve in life.
Richardson-Plano Alumnae Club is committed to supporting literacy efforts in our community. Over the last few years, some of our key initiatives have been our Fraternity Day of Service projects that include a book grant from First Book. We started with an FDS 500 Book Grant then took on the Greater Dallas 20,000 Book Grant Distribution in 2017. In addition, we continue our partnership with Aikin Elementary for our annual Champions Are Readers (CAR) program.
Our Club is committed to giving back to the community through philanthropic service, while having fun in the process. The following are some of the specific literacy projects we participate in during the year in our communities:
Champions Are Readers (CAR) program with Aikin Elementary
During the month of February, Club Members read with students twice a week to enable them to become better readers. At the end of the reading sessions, Club members plan a celebration to recognize those students who completed the reading sessions.
Dr. Seuss Birthday Party at Trinity River Mission After School Program
During the month of March at or around Dr. Seuss Birthday, Club members help plan this much anticipated party with the Trinity River Mission Staff. Club members help provide the supplies for the games, activities and refreshments for approximately 200 students. In 2019, we partnered with the Dallas Alumnae Club and Southlake Alumnae Club to truly make this a Greater Dallas Pi Beta Phi FDS Event.
FDS 500 Book Grant
We select an elementary school in our community that could benefit from a book grant so their students can have new books to take home. Club members work with the school staff to complete the book grant application and select the books. Then we work with the teachers to plan a fun event to distribute the books to their students.
In summary, for more than a century, Pi Beta Phi has committed to create a more literate and productive society. We’ve changed with the times, but never shifted our vision. So, at Pi Beta Phi, we honor the past while we build for the future…