Thirty middle school students from Santa Cruz County spent five days participating in hands-on activities and field trips meant to introduce them to various health care professions and provide a behind-the-scenes look at how pharmacies work.
During the fourth annual University of Arizona Pharm Camp held June 24-28 at the Santa Cruz Center in Nogales, the campers worked in the chemistry lab to make hand sanitizer, anti-itch cream and lip balm. They also participated in panel discussions with health professionals and learned about germs, bacteria, diseases, venomous insects and sun safety.
Campers welcomed their families to a closing ceremony on June 28, at which they presented their final project and shared what they learned that week. Dr. Ted Tong, associate dean at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, encouraged the students to attend a post-secondary program that will earn them a degree or certification in the health services.
In 2016, Tong started to take the UA Pharm Camp on the road to reach youth in rural communities who might not be able to attend the camp on the university campus in Tucson. The Santa Cruz County School Superintendent’s Office, with the help of local partners, has been sponsoring the camp free of charge in Nogales.
(From a news release submitted by Maya Donnelly of the Santa Cruz County School Superintendent’s Office.)