UWGB Student Organization Provides Literacy Grant to Chappell Elementary

(Green Bay, Wisconsin) — Students at Chappell Elementary School will receive new books and educational supplies through a grant provided to the school by Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. Chappell educators will use the $2,000 grant to purchase materials from First Book Marketplace, selecting the resources that best support the school’s unique needs.

The Wisconsin Epsilon Chapter of Pi Beta Phi at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay nominated Chappell to receive the grant. Members have worked closely with the Green Bay Area School District since the chapter’s establishment in 2021, providing reading enrichment and sponsoring literacy-related activities for district students.

Wisconsin Epsilon Chapter President Jessica Egan said she hoped the grant would not only inspire a love of reading among Chappell students, but support the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. “We’re proud to support the school’s ongoing efforts to offer books with characters that are representative of their student body,” Egan said. “The school actively seeks books with diverse characters and authors that make it possible for students to see themselves and their experience represented in the stories they read.”

Chappell Elementary is one of 50 schools and literacy-focused organizations across North America selected to receive an FDS500 grant from Pi Beta Phi this year. The grant program is part of the organization’s national philanthropic effort, Read > Lead > Achieve®, which empowers members to establish a lifelong love of reading among children in their communities. Through Read > Lead > Achieve, Pi Beta Phi has donated more than $4.5 million dollars to literacy causes, given more than one million books to children in need since the program’s launch in 2011.

“Pi Beta Phi believes in the power of reading,” said Community Relations Specialist Kristin Zemke. “We’re proud to provide books to Chappell Elementary as part of our commitment to ensuring children have the opportunity to read, learn and reach their full potential.”

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Found in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. Pi Beta Phi has more than 316,000 initiated members and has installed more than 200 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. Learn more by visiting pibetaphi.org.

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