SPRINGFIELD, MO, July 28, 2009 — University of Phoenix will host Rolling into Education—a free family event featuring a car show and safety fair (complete with school bus and ambulance), school supply and clothing drive for children in need, and musical entertainment—at Incredible Pizza, 2850 S. Campbell Ave., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009 12-3 p.m.

Children can see "wheels" ranging from antique autos to a race car, Army Humvee, police car, and many more. The Legacy, a band of talented 12 year olds, will perform live. Donations will be collected for Springfield Public School students in need.

Families are encouraged to bring school supplies such as folders, crayons, pencils, paper, etc. New socks, undergarments, and tennis shoes in all sizes are needed. Gently worn and clean clothes—especially jeans or coats—are appreciated. Shoes will be distributed via the Kiwanis Shoe Bank and clothing through the PTA Clothing Bank.

Students (in particular kindergarteners) can board a school bus in preparation for the first day of classes. For safety lessons, young ones can see a working ambulance and visit with Smokey the Bear from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Free fire safety comic books will be distributed.

Incredible Pizza Company is a Partner in Education with the Springfield Public Schools and continues to support all children in their endeavors to learn and grow through school.

"This is a fun, free, and family-oriented event. All of our event partners want to prepare young people for a successful, safe start to school. What better way to teach our kids the spirit of giving than picking up a few extra folders or another pair of new shoes and donating them to people who can use and appreciate such items," Yalonda Pinnell, Associate Campus Director, University of Phoenix, Springfield, MO, said. "We're blessed to live in a generous community and one that puts an emphasis on the value of education. This is our way of 'rolling' into another great school year."


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. During the quarter ending May 31, 2009, 420,700 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.


Megan Nichols Rowe
cell: 417-425-3892