January 2020
Highlights & Annoucements
City of Alexandria Hosts Drug Take Back Day and Celebrates New Permanent Medication Drop Box

On Saturday, January 25, 240 pounds of unused and expired medication were collected at Drug Take Back Day. At this quarterly event, residents can drop off unused, unwanted and expired medications, including pet medications, at four sites located throughout the City of Alexandria: the Alexandria Police Department Headquarters, Fire Station 210, First Baptist Church and the Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray. Each of these sites are staffed by Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria volunteers and representatives from the Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Sheriff's Office.
During this month's event, a ribbon-cutting was held for the City's newest permanent medication drop box, located at the Alexandria Police Department just inside the entrance. This is the first permanent medication drop box in the City that is available to residents 24 hours, 7 days a week. In 2019, a total of 1,671 lbs  of medication were collected during take back day events hosted in the City of Alexandria and through our permanent medication drop boxes.  The next drug take back day will occur on April 25, 2020. 
Year-round, medication can also be dropped off at permanent medication drop boxes located at the following sites:
  • The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray every day during the following hours:
    • Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Sunday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Inova Alexandria Hospital every day from 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. The box is located inside the visitor lobby next to the cashier's window.
Interested in volunteering at the next Drug Take Back Day? Contact Emma Beall at emma.beall@alexandriava.gov
#FactOfTheMonth: Getting Relationships Right

Each month, SAPCA  highlights one key fact about substance use.  This month  we highlight the importance of effectively building relationships with children and youth.

Getting Relationships Right | Kent Pekel | TEDxFargo
Getting Relationships Right | Kent Pekel | TEDxFargo

"When kids have strong roots they can grow, they can thrive, they can withstand the storms life throws at them," says Kent Pekel, CEO and President of the Search Institute, an organization studies and works to strengthen youth success. Based on years of research, the following elements have been identified as essential to building developmental relationships that help children and youth grow into healthy adults.

1. Express care
2. Challenge growth
3. Provide support
4. Sharing power
5. Expanding possibilities

Think about ways you can you intentionally incorporate these elements into your interactions with youth each day. Not sure where to start? Click here for some specific examples.

Have an idea for our next #FactOfTheMonth ? Email Emma Beall at  emma.beall@alexandriava.gov
ACPS Superintendent Shares Focus Areas With Youth-Serving Providers 

On January 14, 2020, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings Jr. presented about ACPS priorities to the Youth Services Coordinating Council (YSCC). The YSCC meets monthly to bring together youth-serving providers in the City of Alexandria, including SAPCA,  to network, discuss youth-centered topics and share opportunities available for youth to be civically engaged in their community. Previous topics discussed at this meeting include vaping, parenting programs, the Children and Youth Master Plan, and building assets among children and youth.
During his presentation, Dr. Hutchings shared focus areas for the 2019 - 2020, which include educational equity, the budget process, the High School Project, the Douglas MacArthur Swing Space, the ACPS strategic plan and audit updates. Dr. Hutchings also shared that internally the school system is working to increase collaboration between youth serving providers and the school system through the merging of the community engagement and communications departments into a newly formed Community Relations Office. 
To view the full presentation, please click here.

If you would like to join the YSCC, please contact Noraine Buttar at noraine.buttar@alexandriava.gov
Upcoming Community Events
City of Alexandria Summer Camp Guide Now Available 

Registration for 2020 summer camps offered by the City of Alexandria's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will begin at 9 a.m. on February 12 for City residents and February 14 for nonresidents. Registration will be available online, or in-person at the Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St.).

The 2020 Summer of Smiles Summer Camp Guide is available online, and free printed brochures will be available in all City of Alexandria recreation centers and library branches beginning February 5. The guide contains more than 75 camp options available to youth ages 2 to 17, including sports; creative arts; computers; nature; performing arts; cooking; excursions; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Camp Adventure; and Out of School Time and classic camps.
T.C. Williams High School Spring Sports Tryout Information

Spring sports tryouts start February 24, 2020. Get your VHSL Physical turned into the Athletic Office as soon as possible and fill out your online forms on the RankOne site. Go to www.tcwathletics.org for more information. 

Athlete Registration Philosophy
In order to ensure the safety of all our student athletes at T.C. Williams High School, they are required to have a physical form on file and  complete the online registration  process before they can participate in any athletic tryout, practice, voluntary work-outs or games.

It is important that this entire registration process must be completed. If all pages are not complete with valid signatures where required, the physical will not be considered valid and your student athlete will not be allowed to participate in any sport. After registering and turning in your VHSL physical form, you will be notified of your approval status.

Athlete Registration Process
  1. Visit alexandriacity.rankonesport.com and use the first half of your student's email address as their "Student ID" when registering (example. jp12345). Follow all directions and check all appropriate boxes.
  2. Turn in your yearly VHSL Physical Form to the Athletic Office. The VHSL Physical Form is available on www.tcwathletics.org.
Interested in getting involved with SAPCA?
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