Pi Beta Phi Foundations Honors Reach Out and Read Kansas City With Special Impact Grant

Kansas City, KS- Reach Out and Read Kansas City is honored to be one of the first recipients of the Pi Beta Phi Foundation’s $10,000 Special Impact Grant. The Pi Beta Phi Foundation founded this new initiative to connect literacy dollars with organizations and programs across the United States and Canada. Reach Out and Read Kansas City was one of three organizations to receive this prestigious honor, while six other organizations around the country received a $1,000 honorable mention grant.

Reach Out and Read Kansas City is an organization that models Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropic efforts of promoting the importance of literacy throughout the Kansas City community. Founded in 1997, Reach Out and Read Kansas City is part of the national organization Reach Out and Read, which partners with pediatric medical providers to make books available for poverty-stricken children at every well-child visit from the time of birth to the time they enter kindergarten. Like Pi Beta Phi, Reach Out and Read Kansas City is dedicated to making sure all children grow up with access to great books that will help them gain the early literacy skills needed to prosper and thrive.

“Reach Out and Read Kansas City is a member of this elite first class of recipients of this grant and I couldn't be more pleased,” Bridget Wagstaff, president of the Kansas City - Shawnee Mission Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club states. “Reach Out and Read Kansas City’s model of providing books during wellness visits is the perfect opportunity for Pi Beta Phi to impact lives locally and exponentially.”

For over 100 years, Pi Beta Phi has focused its philanthropic efforts on improving literacy and education. Now, as they begin their second century of literacy initiatives, Pi Beta Phi prepares to meet a goal of impacting 1,000,000 lives through different literacy efforts. The Pi Beta Phi Foundation proudly gave the three Special Impact Grants and the six honorable mention grants as part of this Endeavour. Because of Pi Beta Phi and their continuing efforts to better literacy throughout society, thousands of children will have better access to books and a stronger literacy-based education.

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