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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: April 16, 2010



Franklin Pierce University's Arizona Alumni's book drive helps feed the need to read


GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (April 16, 2010)  Franklin Pierce University alumni in Arizona are invited to participate in an Arizona Book Drive for Children to celebrate the inauguration of the university's new president, Dr. James Birge. Arizona's Community Service Project will be coordinated by Bill Jabjiniak, a Franklin Pierce alumnus (1986) and Director of Economic Development for the City of Mesa, Ariz. 


Franklin Pierce alumni can donate new or gently-used books for children in grades K-5. Books may be collected during the month of April and delivered April 26-29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to either Franklin Pierce Campus in Goodyear, 140 N. Litchfield Road, Ste 110 (contact Assistant Dean, Andrea Brode at or call 623.518.2386) or to the City of Mesa Economic Development, 20 E. Main Street, Suite 200. Contact your local libraries, book stores, neighbors, friends and family and encourage them to donate books.


The goal is to collect 2,700 books -- the number of miles between Franklin Pierce Rindge Campus, N.H. and the Campus Center West Valley, Ariz. -- by May 1 for summer reading programs at Longfellow Elementary, a Reading is Fundamental school and Mesa's Community Spirit Adopt-A-School partner.


To participate, contact Bill Jabjiniak at 480-644-3965 or For others out-of-state wishing to contribute, mail book donations to: Bill Jabjiniak, Director of Economic Development, City of Mesa, 20 E. Main, Suite 200, PO Box 1466, Mesa, AZ 85211. Register online, via phone 877.372.2586 or e-mail by April 30 to make your donation to an Arizona elementary school library with very limited resources.


About Franklin Pierce University in Goodyear, Arizona

Franklin Pierce University offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at the West Valley Learning Center in Goodyear, which includes state-of-the-industry labs and all the equipment required for students to gain the skills needed for effective patient care in today's growing health industry.  


Doctor of Physical Therapy program inquiries - Sarah VanderWende at

General inquiries - Assistant Dean, Andrea Brode at

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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749