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Vol. 3 - No. 3 Feb. 4,
The Census Bureau is preparing to launch its Census in the
Schools Project, "Making Sense of Census 2000," beginning
with the mailing of notification letters and brochures later
this month to school administrators and principals at
400,000 to 500,000 targeted public, private, tribal and
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) schools.
The project is designed to help students learn what a census
is and why it is important to them, their families and their
communities, to participate in the census. It also will try
to recruit teachers and parents to work as census-takers and
in other census-related jobs.
Targeted schools (about 20-to-25 percent of all schools) are
located in hard-to-enumerate areas. Selection criteria
required that more than 55 percent of their students be
eligible for free lunches or that the schools be located in
areas where more than 31 percent of children were living
below the poverty level.
For private schools to be targeted, their students'
household income had to meet still-undefined thresholds. The
Census Bureau's regional partnership specialists will select
schools in areas where these criteria are not reliable. All
BIA and tribal schools will be targeted.
Following the initial mailing to principals and
administrators beginning Feb. 20, a second mailing to
teachers of elementary, middle and high schools will take
place beginning March 1. It will include a letter and
brochure explaining the project and a business reply card,
with which teachers can indicate whether they want to
Once the card is received by Census Bureau-contractor
Scholastic, Inc., teacher kits will be dispatched to the
schools beginning in April 1999. The kits will be available
for the following grade ranges: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. These
kits include an overview of Census 2000 and a 24-page
teaching guide with specific lesson plans for the
census-related subject matter. Also included is a
4-by-6-foot wall map depicting the distribution of the U.S.
Materials for a proposed principal's kit, which would be
mailed to targeted schools in January and February of 2000,
consist of a letter, a poster called "Power of the Census,"
a flyer for use by the school's Parent-Teacher Association
and a flyer for participating teachers.
The project envisions delivery to the teachers of take-home
letters for the students' parents written in English,
Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog or Korean, explaining
the importance of an accurate census. The take-home letters
and a possible census quiz will be sent to the teachers in
Partnership specialists in the Census Bureau's 12 regional
census centers will promote the Census Bureau's schools
project with slide-show presentations, fact sheets titled
"The Census Goes to School" and personal contacts.
All of the materials used in the Census in the Schools
Project also will be made available via the Internet at
www/2khome.html. About 50,000
additional sets of teaching kits will be available for
teachers at nontargeted schools. Specially tailored teaching
kits will be sent to schools in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin
Islands, Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana
For further information about the Census in the Schools
project, contact Kimberly Crews of the Census 2000 Publicity
Office on 301-457-3626 (fax: 301-457-4057; e-mail: