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Videos highlighting the impact of educational programs and communications win awards for ESD 112 - 05/01/18

Videos highlighting programs and creative communications from the Teaching and Learning division of Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) were recently honored with Merit Awards from the Washington School Public Relations Association. Entries were judged by a panel of communications professionals using a rubric designed for each category.

The ESD 112 award-winning videos are:

  • How Quest Academy is Creating Remarkable Change in Children
    Every year, students who, for a variety of reasons including developmental disabilities and mental health issues, have behavior that’s unmanageable at a comprehensive school and get expelled. In 2016, Quest Academy in Longview, Washington, opened to serve Cowlitz County’s children. Even after only one year at Quest, staff and parents are seeing a remarkable change in the children. (https://youtu.be/V8wtL8mzK3Y)
  • How a Glitter Jar Improved Behavior in the Classroom
    Using the research-based MPowering P3 program to incorporate mindfulness training in local schools, this ESD 112 project decreased stress for teachers and students and improved classroom behavior. (https://youtu.be/NxqrGwoI0i4)
  • EDU-speakin’ to Me?
    Ever get confused by teachers, principals and other educators using complicated education terms? The “Edu-speakin’ to me?!” video series helps decipher them in fun, creative ways. (https://www.esd112.org/eduspeak/)

“We put a lot of care and attention into developing our programs and services at ESD 112 to make sure they’re equalizing educational opportunities for the communities we serve,” said Mike Nerland, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning at ESD 112. “The programs spotlighted by these award-winning videos are a testament to that mission, and reflect the great work of our creative team, as well.”

The awards were announced at the 2018 WSPRA Annual Conference on April 26th in Leavenworth, Washington.

Kris Soske holds signs at the Battle Ground Police Department for the Drug Take Back event
Kris Soske holds signs at the Battle Ground Police Department for the Drug Take Back event
Drug Take Back Event Collects 4,683 Pounds of Pills (Photo) - 04/30/18

On Saturday, 1,451 Clark and Skamania County residents dropped off a total of 4,683 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications with local law enforcement officers, pharmacists, coalition staff and community volunteers.  The medication disposal event was held at five locations throughout the counties where a steady stream of cars lined-up to hand over medications and sharps.  The busiest drop site was Cascade Park Kaiser Permanente, which served 657 participants that brought in 1,923 pounds of pills and over 900 pounds of sharps.  All pills were weighed and secured in boxes that will be transported for incineration by the DEA. 

These numbers show a significant increase over the last Drug Take Back events in October 2017, which collected 3,549 pounds of medications from 1,321 participants.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The drug take back events take place twice annually in April and October and are  a community partnership that includes Clark County Public Health, Kaiser Permanente, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Battle Ground Police Department, La Center Police Department, Ridgefield Police Department, Vancouver Police Department, Washougal Police Department, Washougal Silver Star Search and Rescue, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Walgreens, Connect Evergreen, La Center United, Prevent Coalition, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, Unite! Washougal Community Coalition, Connect Evergreen, West Van for Youth, and U.S. Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration. 

Prevent Coalition would like to thank PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Battle Ground Police Department, Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office and Washougal Silver Star Search and Rescue for hosting the five event sites.

Unwanted medications also can be disposed of year-round at several collection sites across Clark and Skamania Counties. Controlled substances, such as pain killers and tranquilizers, can be taken to participating law enforcement agencies and participating pharmacies. Non-controlled substances, such as over-the-counter medications, Sharps and syringes, can be taken to local participating transfer and recovery centers. Visit  www.ClarkGreenNeighbors.org/meds for more details on where to drop off your medications.

MEDIA ALERT: Drug Take-Back Event Collects Unwanted Medications on April 28 - 04/25/18

WHAT

Clark and Skamania County residents can safely dispose of all unused prescription and over the counter medications at five free collection events. All unwanted medications (controlled and non-controlled) will be accepted at each event location. Sharps and syringes will ONLY be accepted at the Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park event location.

 

WHERE

All events will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28th, at:

  • PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care, 33rd & Main (S. Back Lot), Vancouver
  • Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park, 12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver
  • Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St., Battle Ground
  • Washougal Silver Star Search & Rescue, 1220 A St., Washougal
  • Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, 200 NW Vancouver Ave., Stevenson

 

WHY

Seventy-one percent of all drug poisoning deaths in Clark County are opioid related, according to data pulled earlier this year by Clark County Public Health. And seventy-five percent of all opioid poisoning deaths are prescription opioid related, which increased about 16 percentage points since 2013 (from 59%). Safe medicine take-back programs, like those scheduled on April 28th, get potentially dangerous leftover drugs out of our homes.

 

WHO

The April 28th collection event is organized thanks to a community partnership including Clark County Public Health, Kaiser Permanente, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Battle Ground Police Department, La Center Police Department, Ridgefield Police Department, Vancouver Police Department, Washougal Police Department, Washougal Silver Star Search and Rescue, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Walgreens, Connect Evergreen, La Center United, Prevent Coalition, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, Unite! Washougal Community Coalition, Connect Evergreen, West Van for Youth, One Prevention Alliance and U.S. Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.