The U.S. Census Bureau invites schools to participate in classroom activities to educate students about the importance of the once-a-decade count.


Pine Bluff area schools are participating in Statistics in Schools Week: Everyone Counts, according to Mary Liddell, Pine Bluff Complete Count Census chairwoman.


Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program, The event will be held Monday through Friday, March 2-6, according to a news release.


Classrooms across the country will feature themed activities for pre-K-12 teachers and students on topics such as diversity and apportionment. At the end of the week, teachers are encouraged to give each student a SIS take-home flyer. It explains to adults the importance of the 2020 Census and how to count every child in their home. SIS materials are free and available on the SIS website: Census.gov/schoolscensus.gov.


Why should schools participate in SIS Week?


EDUCATIONAL AND FUN. “Students will learn about the 2020 Census and its value through activities such as creating a classroom diversity collage, drawing what they want to see in their community’s future, joining a Twitter chat with Census Bureau experts, and watching entertaining and interactive videos about the census,” according to the release.


EASY. “We’ll provide teacher guides and other resources for each day’s activities,” according to the release.


IMPORTANT. “You’ll be promoting a complete count for the 2020 Census. That count will impact how federal funds are distributed for important programs and services in your school and community each year for the next 10 years. That includes funds for Head Start, special education, school lunch assistance, after-school programs, classroom technology, teacher training, and more,” according to the release.


STATISTICS IN SCHOOLS WEEK ACTIVITIES:


Monday — What Is the 2020 Census? Introduce the 2020 Census to each grade level by using our featured activity.


Tuesday — Apportionment. Use SIS materials to teach students about congressional apportionment and its connection to the decennial census. Students in grades K-2 can create and conduct a survey.


Wednesday — Diversity Collage. Show how census questions highlight the country’s diversity by assembling and sharing a collage that highlights diversity in your classroom.


Thursday — Virtual Field Trip. Take students on a virtual field trip to the U.S. Census Bureau to learn more about how census data is collected and used.


Friday — Shape My Community’s Future. Ask students to reflect on what they want to see in their future. On this day, send the SIS take-home flyer home.


Details: Mary Liddell, Pine Bluff Complete Count Census chairwoman, at marylddll@yahoo.com or 870-643-2383.