A half-dozen students from Orange County schools have earned honors in a social media art contest created to underscore the importance of census participation.
OCDE staff organized the Making My Community Count: OC Census Virtual Visual and Performing Arts Showcase, which invited students across all grade levels to produce original artwork, videos or graphics that addressed the question, “How does the 2020 Census help my community?”
Young artists posted their creations on social media, along with the hashtags #2020census and #OCstudentscount. We’ve posted a few Instagram samples below.
The winners received new Chromebooks, and their entries could be used in local census campaigns. They include:
- Rachel Lee, twelfth grade, Pacifica High School, Garden Grove Unified School District
- Elyana Ortiz, sixth grade, Clara Barton Elementary School, Anaheim Elementary School District
- Tea Takayama, twelfth grade, Pacifica High School, Garden Grove Unified School District
- Felipe Tellez, eighth grade, Spring View Middle School, Ocean View School District
- Zachary Tran, second grade, St. Columban School, Garden Grove
- Jocelyn Yu, twelfth grade, Pacifica High School, Garden Grove Unified School District
In addition, Pacifica High teacher Annie Stultz, who teaches English and language/composition, earned a gift card for her efforts to promote participation at her school.
Mandated by the Constitution
Once every 10 years, the federal Census Bureau conducts a nationwide population count that’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
The information helps establish the number of congressional seats and electoral votes, and it serves as the basis for about $900 billion in federal investments, impacting education, housing, safety and other critical public services.
Taking the census is quick, easy, completely confidential and critically important to students and their communities.
To learn more about the census, take a look at this Census 101 two-page fact sheet.
To see a sampling of census-inspired student art, keep scrolling, or visit OCDE’s showcase webpage.