ST. LOUIS , March 19, 2009 — University of Phoenix--St. Louis collected more than 225 books for the St. Louis Public Library Summer Reading Club, which gives readers ages 2 to 18 throughout the city the chance to have fun and read for prizes during the summer months.

The book drive, which took place at all four University locations (Des Peres, Downtown St. Louis Learning Center, O'Fallon and Earth City), was in support of National Education Association's Read Across America. Read Across America is an annual national event focusing on motivating children to read in addition to helping them master basic skills.

"Our dedication to education starts even before a student makes it to our classrooms," said Jeremiah Hood, Campus Director. "Studies have shown the more educated a person is, the more benefit they are to the overall health of society and we believe that starts with reading at a young age."


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of November 30, 2008, 384,900 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


Tara Hart