Students’ Take-Home Assignment : Census Kits

Students' take-home assignment: Census kits
Part of the biggest Census outreach effort is targeting grade-school classrooms with kits, coloring books and other teaching aids that children can take home to Mom and Dad.

By Haya El Nasser
USA Today, August 28, 2009

Anyone tempted to ignore the 2010 Census will have a tough time doing it especially if they have kids in school.

The government has launched Census in Schools, an all-out campaign targeting superintendents, principals, teachers, students and, indirectly, parents, as schools open across the nation this month and next. The message: The Census is coming and here's why everyone should care.

The goal is to send posters, teaching guides, maps and lesson plans to every school in the nation, Puerto Rico and U.S. island territories to encourage everyone to participate in the national count. The materials will land in more than 118,000 schools and reach 56 million students.

'It's great to reach the children because children are such strong voices in their homes,' says Renee Jefferson-Copeland, chief of the Census schools program. 'In households that are linguistically isolated, they can express the information to their parents.'
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