City of Alexandria, VA
Youth participating in the Power-On and Power-Up summer programs will maintain a full schedule of activities that incorporates play, learning, cultural enrichment and positive social interaction. The theme “Let’s Get Connected” encompasses the many connections we have with each other through a global network expanded by the diversity of our nation as well as the internet. These varied connections, both personal and electronic, provide opportunities to share arts, culture and caring.
The “Let’s Get Connected” summer theme focuses on “The Amazing Race: Connected to Others Around the World.” Similar to the Amazing Race TV show, youth will participate in challenges and activities that expose them to a variety of countries and cultures, encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of our similarities and differences. It’s a race to get connected to other cultures from around the world during the seven or eight weeks of the summer program at any of the Power-On or Power-Up sites.
Participants are placed into age groups that rotate through activities scheduled in the areas of creative and performing arts, fine arts, sports, fitness and health, education and leisure. Programs offered at the neighborhood recreation centers and summer playgrounds are not licensed child care programs but are based on local standards approved the City Attorney.
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Designated recreation centers provide safe and supervised play activities on the days ACPS schools are closed. Power-Full Fun Days are open 9 am-6 pm. Youth enrolled in any of the Power-On or Power-Up programs may attend at no additional cost. City youth who do not participate in these programs may attend for a $10 per day fee. All youth must bring a lunch, snack will be provided. For more information on specific dates, please contact the Out of School Time Program Office at 703.746.5575.
Neighborhood Recreation Centers will be open Monday-Friday, 9 am-6 pm during the week of Spring Break: March 25-29, 2013. To register, turn in a completed Spring Break Power-Full Fun Days Registration Form and payment to center staff when you drop off your child the first morning of the program.
Neighborhood Recreation Centers will also be open from 9am-6pm on Monday, April 15 (ACPS Teacher Work Day). To register for this Power-Full Fun Day, submit a completed April 15 Registration Form and payment to center staff the morning of the program.
Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Alexandria Office brings the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University to the residents of Alexandria by providing research-based solutions to the problems facing residents. Extension offers community programming in the areas of 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, agriculture and natural resources and community viability.
Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. VCE is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Family Nutrition Programs (FNP) are operated as a joint project of Extension, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Department of Social Services. The FNP program is strictly educational and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Service. Youth, adults and families learn about nutrition and healthy eating, food preparation skills and resource management skills. The program is free to participants. To learn more about FNP classes, please call 703.746.5544.
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Sports Section designed the "Power-Play" Fitness and Sports program to improve children's overall health and teach them the basic fundamentals of fitness and sports related activities. This program is a comprehensive fitness and sports program geared towards getting more children involved in physical activity through active participation in traditional and non-traditional recreational activities.
Power Play provides age appropriate health & fitness programs to all Power-On and Power-Up participants. The goal of the program is to offer recreational activities that will stimulate interest and develop skills in the areas of fitness, exercise techniques, sports participation and educational experiences in a safe, fun and positive atmosphere. For more information, call 703.746.5402.
Infant to 4 years old - Meets at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center on Wednesdays from 10-11:30 am. Parents and children interact with others through play and activities. Ideal for the development of socialization skills. Free to City residents only.
ACCT is an arts initiative offered at Power-On and Power-Up programs and citywide. ACCT provides fun theatre games, art activities, and field trips to performances throughout the region. For additional information call 703.746.5575.
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities encourages participation in City programs from all City residents. If you, a member of your family or a friend would like to participate in programs or activities sponsored by this Department and are in need of fee assistance in order to participate, please contact the sponsoring program office for more detailed information at least two weeks in advance. For general information, please call 703.746.4343 or (TTY) 703.838.4902.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jackie Person, Therapeutic Recreation Program Manager, at 703.746.5423 (VA Relay 711) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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