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Monday, September 28, 2009

Dr. Seuss Party & Book Collection

Dear Piedmont Pi Phis,

Again this year we will be collecting chapter books for the children at the Salvation Army's Boys' and Girls' Club. Each child attending our Dr. Seuss party will be given a chapter book to take home. The tentative date of the party is Friday, February 26, 2010, but we need to be collecting books at every meeting. I have attached a list of chapter books to get you started. Lara Heberle and Rae Lynn Wahl are in charge of the party this year.

Did you know:
30 million adults and millions more children in this country are illiterate.
40% of the 4th graders in this country lack basic proficiency in reading.
School drop-outs earn less than 1/3 of the earnings of a college graduate.
Health costs for those without a high school degree are four times higher.
One fourth of those dropping out of school receive government assistance.
80% of prisoners did not finish high school.
Illiterate women are more likely to be in an abusive relationship.
(Resource: Pi Beta Phi Passion for Literacy, A Pi Phi Call to Action DVD)

We can make a difference.

We'll see you at our first meeting at Rae Lynn Wahl's house on Thursday, October 8 at 7 pm.

Suggestions for First Chapter Books:

Fanny K. Stein series for ages 7 – 10.
Cam Jansen series for ages 7 and up.
Junie B. Jones series for reading level 2.1 – 2.7.
Magic Tree House series for reading level 2.2 and up.
Books by J.C. Greenburg for reading level 2 – 3.2.
Books by Dan Gutman for ages 7 – 10.

The Intermediate Series include:
Books by Beverly Cleary for ages 8 – 12.
Books by Geronimo Stilton for reading level 3.
The Secrets of Droon series for reading level 3.
Beast Quest series for reading level 3.
Captain Underpants for ages 7 -10.
Ricky Ricotta series for ages 7 and up.
Encyclopedia Brown for ages 7 and up.

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