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Fraternity brothers donate hundreds to childhood literacy

In fact, the brothers believe so much in the cause that, in addition to donating funds, they intend to donate their time and volunteer to read to children at the mall in the near future.

"A strong foundation in reading is an essential component to each child's education, and, without that skill, children struggle in school," said Sigma Tau Gamma Chapter president Jonathan Witherell. "It is our hope that the combined efforts of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and the Journey into Reading organization can help our community's children to achieve reading success, and, in so doing, give them the confidence they need to succeed in all of their educational endeavors."

Lavigne, who is also the vice president for public relations for the Interfraternity Council, said the reason fraternities and sororities embark on such philanthropic endeavors goes back to the definition of what a fraternity or a sorority is.

"Fraternities are meant to take you and make you into something more," said Lavigne.

Sigma Tau Gamma advisor Elizabeth Bernat said she is proud to be associated with fraternity men of such distinction, who, "as evidenced by their dedication and enthusiasm for service to others like child care services, embrace and live out the true spirit of fraternalism."

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