Friday, March 19, 2010
Children lead the way on Census 2010 in Dallas!
Contact: Stacy Olds (214) 823–8710
Next Generation Urges Census Participation
DALLAS – A crew of elementary and middle school kids will knock on doors in their East Dallas housing community during spring break on Friday, March 19, encouraging neighbors to participate in the 2010 U.S. Census.
The youngsters will tell families in the Roseland community to “take 10 minutes to fill out 10 questions that will influence the next 10 years of your lives.”
The students will be knocking on doors between 10 and 11 a.m. on Friday March 19.
Their effort is an educational community-building step by Central Dallas Ministries to join the city of Dallas in making the latest census count as accurate as possible.
“Kids tend to get our attention,” said Gerald Britt, vice president of public policy for Central Dallas Ministries. “We hope the message they bring will convince the community that participating in the census count is good for everyone. It can bring health care services, schools, college grants, roads and other critically needed services to people.”
Enlightening young people on the census is another goal, Britt said. “This whole week, we taught the kids at Roseland about the Census – what it is, when and how it will be completed, and why it matters so much. We hope that, when they become adults, they will tell their kids about the Census, too.”