Today I wanted to take a minute to write about a cause that is close to my heart. And to get you to actually read it I am posting pictures from a recruitment party that I planned when I was rush chair in college! It is super cute and has a Dr. Seuss/Literacy theme so enjoy!
As a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority I was able to spend a lot of time during my college years raising money for and promoting literacy. In 2005, Pi Phi partnered with the National Education Agency’s Read Across America to help promote literacy to children and motivate them to read.
Though many people might know yesterday was the anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, most people aren’t aware that it was National Read Across America day. According to it’s website, the Read Across America program, now in its twelfth year, focuses on motivating children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills. The nationwide reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, community centers, and more participate by bringing together kids and books. I’d love to hear if any of you or any of your children participated in any Read Across America events yesterday! Post comments below to share your stories!
Pi Phi has many other literacy initiatives that anyone, not just Pi Phis, can get involved with! Here is one quick and easy way to support literacy right now!
The Literacy Site uses online advertising to support charitable causes. Visitors can participate by clicking an online button that helps generate new books for First Book as a result from online advertisers. With a simple, daily click on the “Click to Give” button, visitors help provide free books to kids in need. Make The Literacy Site your homepage — every click counts in the fight for literacy.
Now here are the promised pictures of the philanthropy round recruitment party! You can see more on flickr.
One of the most inexpensive parts of the room made the biggest statement. We hung rope around the room and used clothespins to hang letter tiles that we simply printed and painted.
Each potential new member decorated their own bookmark. At the end of recruitment we donated them to local schools and nurseries.
We used this adorable quote on our colorful t-shirts: “It’s never too crazy, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child!”
See more pictures of the Pi Phi Recruitment Literacy Party on Flickr.