Gazette Sea Foam: Fraternity inspires love of reading at Riverview

May 30, 2011 

Thanks to Mandy Michels for sharing an essay about a local effort to increase literacy and the love of reading.

Mandy writes:

Spring brings the Champions are Readers program of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for women, sponsored locally by the Lowcountry Alumnae Club.

CAR is a reading-enrichment program designed to supplement activities already provided by schools, and the Riverview Charter School second grade was chosen as the 2011 recipient of services.

Pi Beta Phi volunteers Janet Gregory, Mary Foster, Ann Morrow, Nina Bass and Judy Johnson worked with students of Mrs. Gardner and Mrs. Rosengarten to explore reading through poetry. Groups constructed rhyming poems in the style of Dr. Seuss.

The campaign kicked off Jan. 24, National Reading Day, and continued through the month of February as students worked both in class and independently to improve their reading skills. Their efforts were recognized March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, when the student groups performed skits of the story poems they created. Participants received a book and medal in recognition of their hard work.

In conjunction with the program this year, the Lowcountry Alumnae Club was awarded a grant by the National Council of Youth Service America.

This grant recognizes Riverview student Henry Harper and Pi Beta Phi philanthropy chairwoman, Dr. Nina Bass, as co-leaders of a continuing student initiative to support literacy. The grant will provide resource books for the Riverview Charter School library and money to be jointly used by Pi Beta Phi and Riverview in establishing a Mobile Reading Room celebrating the genius of Dr. Seuss. When completed, the Mobile Reading Room will tour area schools each year in support of literacy.

The mission of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for women is to promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential, and enrich lives through community service.

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