The top three winners will receive a new Chromebook, and their work may be used in local census campaigns. The first three teachers with at least 10 student entries will also receive a gift card to purchase $500 worth of classroom supplies.
“Because the pandemic has limited census canvassing, many Orange County residents have yet to be counted,” said Marika Manos, OCDE’s history, social science and civics coordinator. “Through the showcase, we hope to activate communities around the census and do so in ways that promote student creativity.”
The contest is open to any student who attends a public, private or home school in Orange County, and the deadline for sharing entries is Wednesday, June 3. Participants are asked to use the online submission form and post their creations on social media, accompanied by the hashtags #2020census and #OCstudentscount. Additional details are on the showcase website.
Easy, confidential and critically important
Every 10 years, the federal Census Bureau conducts a massive population count that’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The data that’s produced helps establish the number of congressional seats and electoral votes, and it serves as the basis for allocating about $900 billion in federal funding that impacts education, housing, safety and other critical public services.
“This is one of the few national activities the American public does together,” Orange County Superintendent Al Mijares wrote in December. “It’s also easy, confidential and critically important to our students and their communities.”