My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Posts Tagged ‘schools’

Update to photo contest: The $500 photo of 2010 Census WASTE is here!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

The following photo of 2010 Census waste comes from a local census office in a major city. To protect the employee involved, I will not say which region until that person grants me permission to do so. Feel free to write your captions for this photo in the comments section below. Be aware, there is no Title 13 or PII-protected information in this photo. We are also curiously wondering why some leftover items have been donated to schools while others headed straight to the dump, depending on which office was responsible. MyTwoCensus is awaiting the Census Bureau’s response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that was filed a couple of months back that further examines the 2010 Census waste disposal contracts. Remember, a picture’s worth a thousand words:

To Steve Jost: This Is What You Can Learn From Guam

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

If American students had small  financial incentives to design posters (or YouTube videos), then perhaps participation rates for the 2010 Census would be higher…let’s take some lessons from our South Pacific cousin, Guam:


The 2010 Guam Census is soliciting all Guam students to participate in a student poster competition to educate Guam residents about the upcoming Census. All public and private elementary and high schools are invited to participate from now through 5 p.m. March 12.

Students are encouraged to paint, draw and create a poster describing what the Census means to them and the community, according to a Census news release. The theme is “2010 Guam Census, It’s in Our Hands,” which must be incorporated in the 8-1/2 by 11-inch letter-size poster.

The first place winner will receive $250, second place $150, and third place $100, in each category. Winning entries will be used for advertising and promotional purposes, the release added.

Pick up entry forms at the local Census office, 770 East Sunset Blvd., Suite 280, Tiyan

Census Education: Coming to a classroom near you!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

The U.S. Census Bureau has been making vast efforts to incorporate the 2010 Census education (click here for the Census Bureau’s official “Census in Schools” site!) into curriculum at grade schools across America.  For example, the New York State Teachers Union just released the following bulletin:

Free 2010 Census teaching tools and resource materials will be available to elementary, middle and high schools beginning in August, the U.S. Census Bureau announced.

The “2010 Census in Schools: It’s About Us” program was introduced to kindergarten through 12th grade principals in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in a letter in April.

The program is designed to provide students in grades K-12 with information about the importance of the 2010 Census.

The Census Bureau hopes students will share this information with their adult household members and they, in turn, will answer the census questionnaire.

The federal government conducts a census every 10 years to collect information about the people and housing of the United States.

The Census Bureau will send Census in Schools program brochures to all grade 9 through 12 principals, social studies department chairs and school service coordinators this summer.

The Census in Schools program will offer:

  • Age-specific educational materials, which include maps displaying population counts and other demographic information, and lesson plans grouped by grade and correlated to national standards for math, geography and language arts.
  • Kits for principals, containing maps, a program brochure, information about online lessons, mini-teaching guides and family take-home kits.
  • Online resources for teachers, including lesson plans, family take-home kits, event ideas and census data to teach students and their families about the census’ role in American history, current events and more.

The interactive, user-friendly Census in Schools Web site features memory games, word finds, state facts, coloring pages and research project ideas.

All “2010 Census in Schools: It’s All About Us” program materials will be available online for educators, students, parents and the public in August.