The University of Phoenix Southern Arizona Campus is helping put hundreds of books into the hands of Tucson children to promote literacy this summer.

The college hosted a book drive that ended in April and collected 750 new books for children ages 7 to 12 who are part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.

Children were able to pick a book that piqued their interest when the books were handed out at club sites in the city.

"Strong literacy skills are critical to attending college and completing a degree," Gregg Johnson, University of Phoenix Southern Arizona campus director, said in a news release.

Veronica M. Cruz