Did you know that the Philadelphia School District does not have a budget for laboratory supplies and equipment? When the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine relocated to their new space on the sub-basement level of Cathcart earlier this year, there was a great deal of no longer needed glassware (beakers, test tubes), mixers and other equipment left over. Reluctant to ditch still useful equipment, PAH Lab staff began looking into ways to repurpose the items. With the help of PAH Community Relations Coordinator Matthew Menard, and a local junior high science teacher Scott Knoflicek, the extra laboratory items were all put to excellent use and donated to the General George A. McCall Elementary School located adjacent to the PAH campus at 325 S. 7th Street.
On Monday, February 4, Lab staff chipped in to wrap and box all the extra glassware and equipment for grateful teachers from McCall’s who came to pick up their much appreciated donations.
Special thanks to Lab Administrative Director Bill Hunt, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, and all the Lab staff who stayed late helping prepare this donation. Your efforts just may encourage some students to pursue a career in science or medicine.