Pi Beta Phi’s annual Arrow Week includes a week of fundraising activities to promote their philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve! Pi Phis across North America advocate for childhood literacy by raising awareness and funds on college campuses. At University of South Carolina, Pi Phis are passionate about their cause.
Current vice president of philanthropy, Tiffany Walters, is a junior elementary education major from Reevesville, SC.
“As a college student, I can access countless educational resources whenever I want to—it is easy to forget how fortunate we are to have these tools at our disposal. Arrow week is so special to me and other pi phis because it reminds us that some students, even children, do not have access to these things. It makes us realize just how important the work we do is. All the money we raise goes straight to the Pi Beta Phi Foundation so that we can give children the supplies they need to build an educational foundation. We get to use the money that we donate directly through our Champions are Readers program and other Read>Lead>Achieve initiatives. I cannot think of a better way to help the Columbia community than spending a week hanging out and having fun with sisters!”
Arrow Week goes Monday through Saturday, starting with giving away donuts in front of the student union and ending with the Dodge the Arrow team dodgeball tournament, where all of the proceeds go to Read > Lead > Achieve. Throughout the week, Pi Phis raise money selling lemonade, getting pied during ‘Pie a Pi Phi’ and encouraging the community to attend percent nights, in which local restaurants donate a percentage of their profits to a cause. This year, Pi Phi held a percent night at Groucho’s Deli, a local sandwich shop.
Former vice president of philanthropy, Taryn McLees, is a junior Hospitality Management major from Long Island, NY, currently studying abroad in Gold Coast, Australia.
“Arrow week to me represents a time of philanthropic love and support. Seeing all of our sisters take time out of their busy schedules for one week to support our philanthropy whether it’s to fundraise on campus or get their friends involved at events like Pie a Pi Phi and Dodge the Arrow, it’s all while making memories and is so fun and reassuring that we’re all here for the right reasons. It’s definitely a time that makes me love this chapter and campus even more!”
Learn more about Read > Lead > Achieve and the Pi Beta Phi Foundation here: https://www.pibetaphi.org/