At Pi Beta Phi, we believe in the power of reading. We believe reading is a powerful step toward a life of enduring impact. We believe that when one out of four children cannot read, that is one too many. We believe in inspiring readers, sparking imaginations and igniting the desire to learn.
Champions are Readers
Pi Beta Phi’s unique program, Champions are Readers® (CAR) is a reading enrichment program for students in prekindergarten through third grade. The program focuses on providing a mentoring relationship between volunteers and students while focusing on reading strategies for learning. CAR Connect links CAR classrooms with First Book to provide free books to the children being served in the program. Our chapter is involved with CAR by volunteering to run the book club at local Title 1 school Fremont Elementary.
In June 2007, Pi Beta Phi announced its corporate partnership with First Book, an international nonprofit organization with a single mission to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Together, First Book and Pi Beta Phi are committed to bringing new books to children from low-income families. In 2014 and 2015, Drury's chapter of Pi Beta Phi donated 500 books to Boyd Elementary through First Book!
Local Philanthropy: Fremont Elementary
Members of Drury's chapter of Pi Phi donate time once a week at local Title 1 school Fremont Elementary to work one-on-one with students. Since Fremont is less than five minutes away from Drury's campus, we believe it is very important to get involved in the lives of Springfield's youth programs, especially within their reading and writing departments. We build relationships with our Book Club students and use the power of reading to build confidence! For our annual Fraternity Day of Service in the spring, our chapter visits Fremont for a reading and craft party to interact with the kids in different grades. We also love finding ways to donate books so the students can experience the power of reading and writing.