April 2020
April is Alcohol Awareness Month

COVID-19 is having a dramatic effect on everyone's daily lives, and the risks for misusing alcohol and other substances increases dramatically during times of stress. During this time period, and in light of April's Alcohol Awareness Month, SAPCA continues to highlight the dangers of substance misuse and the importance of incorporating healthy coping practices as one component of  building resilient families, youth and communities.

"We are all looking for ways to cope and help children and teens cope with the fear and stress associated with the COVID-19 crisis," says SAPCA Coordinator Emma Beall. "But choosing to deal with stress by drinking alcohol or using other substances can actually have a harmful effect, not only on your body but also on those around you." Learn more about healthy coping practices and the dangers of alcohol here.

Stop the Spread of COVID-19

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge everyone to follow state orders to STAY HOME except for essential trips such as food purchases and medical care, and keep 6 feet apart from others when in public. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19. Check out the infographic below to learn how you can stop the spread. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/coronavirus
Congratulations to T.C. Williams Junior  Michaela McCormack!

T.C. Williams High School junior, Michaela McCormack, has been announced as the winner of the Behavioral and Social Sciences category at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair. Her research, "Too Cool for JUUL," tested how sleep and risk-taking are affected by pod-based e-cigarettes (vaping) in both humans and fruit flies.  The experimentation is ongoing but her analysis is expected to show a modest decrease in cognitive ability with sleep deprivation, and negative impacts on short and long term memory.  Kudos to Michaela, who competed virtually against hundreds of Virginia students from 12 regions across the state! 
"Inner Visions" by Nathaniel Hendley
T.C. Williams PTA Recognizes Reflections Art Contest Winners

Please join us in congratulating five T.C. Williams High School students that received awards in the Northern Virginia District PTA Reflections art contest. Three students were honored with Virginia State PTA Reflections awards, and one student is now competing in the National Reflections contest.
These winners include:
Nathaniel Hendley, 12th grade, Photography, "Inner Visions"
1st Place Northern Virginia
1st Place Virginia
Nathaniel's winning photograph has advanced to the National PTA Reflections contest, with results due in May.
Molly Quigley, 10th grade, Dance Choreography, "Antidote"
1st Place Northern Virginia
3rd Place Virginia
Jonathan Morgan Petrini, 12th grade, Music Composition, "The Waltz of the Crystal Tower"
1st Place Northern Virginia
Honorable Mention Virginia
Sara Abbas, 11th grade, Literature, "The Unknown"
Honorable Mention Northern Virginia
Katherine Milone, 11th grade, Visual Arts, "Everyone's Fighting"
Honorable Mention Northern Virginia
PTA Reflections is a national arts program that has celebrated student achievement in the arts since 1969. All around the country, pre-K-12 students interpret the contest theme each year by creating artwork in six different categories and compete against others in their grade-level divisions. This year's contest theme is "Look Within." Click here to learn more.
Updates on Permanent Drop Box Location Access

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Alexandria strongly urges everyone to comply with the state order to STAY HOME  except for essential trips such as food purchases and medical care, and keep six feet apart from others when in public. If one of your essential trips is to a pharmacy and you need to dispose of expired or unused medications, the permanent drop box located at The Neigh borhood Pharmacy (2204 Mt. Vernon Ave.) is still accessible to the public. The other drop box locations are temporarily closed.
Order Your Free At-Home Drug Disposal Pouch

Deterra┬«  and   SAFE Project  are on a mission to take half a million pills out of homes and away from potential abusers. Help be part of the solution by simply cleaning out your medicine cabinet and properly disposing of unused drugs with a free Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal Pouch. The easy, three-step Deterra Pouch is safe to use in the comfort of your home, can be thrown out in your household trash and ensures medications are gone for good. Click here to learn more.

Gone for Good(TM) At-Home Medication Disposal Campaign
Gone for Good(TM) At-Home Medication Disposal Campaign
Encourage Teens to Enter the 2020 Congressional Art Competition

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to virtually enter the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. Students can submit one overall digital image of their artwork, along with two optional "detail images" that highlight a specific detail or different angle of the piece allowing for a more intricate view of the work. Images should be submitted by email to  Beyer.district.office@mail.house.gov  by Friday, May 29, 2020. Images should be submitted with a student release, that includes the name of the student art teacher. Scholarships are available for the first place winner from the Savannah College of Art and Design for $3,000 a year.

For contest rules and forms, click here.
For additional questions, email Beyer.district.office@mail.house.gov.
SAPCA Board Meets Virtually

On April 22, the SAPCA Board of Directors held its first virtual meeting. Board members in attendance discussed a variety of issues, including SAPCA's work during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order and the coalition's plans for the coming year. 

To receive regular email updates about SAPCA's activities, including opportunities to get involved, click here.

Stay tuned for more information about SAPCA's plans for the future!
Alexandria Library Offers Free Online Courses

The Alexandria Library System has an abundance of online classes for the public to access, including a free Rosetta Stone program. All you need to access these courses is a library card.

If you do not have a library card,   you can register for one online. To learn about courses available online, click here.  
Virtual Programming Options

Looking for ways to challenge your mind and body while connecting with your community? Virtual programming options from the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities are now available! 

Enjoy free performances, fitness classes, poetr y readings, speaker series, and activities for youth. New scheduled and on-demand programs are being added regularly, so check back often.

Tips For Parents and Caring Adults

Alcohol Awareness Month may be wrapping up, but you can and should still find opportunities year-round to talk with youth about preventing underage drinking. For tips about getting started, click here.

Teen Wellness Center Services Availability

The Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams is still open to all residents age 12-19 for family planning, STI, and counseling services. Please call ahead to make an appointment at 703.746.4776. Note: The Teen Wellness Center will not be diagnosing or treating COVID-19. 
Check out the City of Alexandria webpage  Coping with COVID-19 Fear and Uncertainty,  which includes the  COVID-19 Wellness Resource Guide.
Keep Connected

To receive text message alerts from the City related to COVID-19, text ALEXCOVID19 to 888777. For more information about the COVID-19 coronavirus and how you can help protect yourself and those around you, visit alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. For questions about COVID-19, call the Alexandria COVID-19 Information Line at 703.746.4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Virginia residents can also call the Virginia Department of Health public information line, 877-ASK-VDH3, for questions about the novel coronavirus situation. If you have chest pain or shortness of breath, call or text 911.
Contact Us:
Emma Beall, SAPCA Coordinator
Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria 
123 N Pitt St, Suite 225
Alexandria, VA 22314
O: 703.746.3670 
C: 571.302.1022
emma.beall @alexandriava.gov