Philoptochos Literacy Mission Statement:
The mission of the Literacy Committee is to promote literacy for children and adults through a “hands-on” approach appropriate for use by all Philoptochos Chapters. Philoptochos will actively work to promote motivation, success and enjoyment of reading and oral communication for school age children.

In addition, Philoptochos will encourage the strengthening of ties between generations by providing opportunities for adult tutors and young children to bond through additional instruction, support and encouragement.

SAWPS along with National Philoptochos has teamed up in:
• Conducting a Holiday Book Drive featuring the Loukoumi Series of books, written by Nick Katsoris. The books include: Loukoumi, Loukoumi’s Good Deeds and Loukoumi’s Gifts.
•Purchasing a Loukoumi book helps in many ways. For each book sold through our Philoptochos Chapter, the author will donate money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and to our National Philoptochos Society’s Social Services Fund and will donate one book for each book sold to our Philoptochos Chapter’s local charity. Our recipient for St. Andrew’s Philoptochos has been the UIC Pediatrics Hospital.
• Participating in the “National Make a Difference Day” Program, which takes place annually on the last Saturday of October. SAWPS together with our Sunday Church School and Parish Youth collaborate in a Make a Difference with Loukoumi Project to bring awareness of our individual gifts and how our gifts can make a difference in the lives of others through our acts of kindness.