During Opening Session at this year’s Pharmaceutical SAS Users Group (PharmaSUG) conference, attendees heard from teacher Heather Poland and two of her 14 year-old students. These special guests were representatives of Perkins K-8, a San Diego middle school classroom (7th and 8th grade) that is struggling with illiteracy. Located less than a mile southeast of the conference hotel in the Logan Barrio, Perkins K-8 was selected by PharmaSUG 2014 to receive donations of money to purchase books and other classroom materials. These donations were coordinated through the Adopt-A-Classroom program.
Funds were collected throughout the conference, and attendees that provided a minimum of $10 toward this charitable endeavor were given a colorful “Donor” ribbon. Thanks to the generosity of the record-setting number of conference attendees, over $5200 was raised to support Perkins K-8!
In previous years, PharmaSUG has donated funds to support adult literacy programs in San Francisco and STEM education at a downtown Chicago high school. Next year’s PharmaSUG conference will be held May 17-20 in Orlando, Florida.