Campus / Greek Life / News / October 20, 2010

Reading with speed

As a part of its national philanthropy mission to promote childhood literacy, Knox’s chapter of Pi Phi hosted a “speed read” at the Gizmo on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

The speed read had teams of four or five people competing to read as many words from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat as they could in fifteen seconds, with often hilarious or impressive results. Teams paid an entry fee of $10 and competed to win prizes such as gift certificates to Buffalo Wild Wings.

“It’s always a lot of fun and is also very funny,” said senior and Pi Phi president Leslie Kang. “It’s also for a very good cause.”

The money raised from the speed read all goes to First Book, an organization that promotes childhood literacy and provides books to underprivileged kids.

“Every $2.50 that we raise is a book in a child’s hands,” said Pi Phi’s Vice President of Philanthropy, senior Arianna Timko. All chapters of Pi Phi host a speed read, she said, and literacy is their national philanthropy.

“Literacy is our ‘thing,’” she said.

Allison White

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