Earlier this week, Canutillo Middle School faced off against Jose J. Alderete Middle School for the 2020 Census Virtual Questionnaire Challenge.
Canutillo Middle took the contest, completing 90 responses to Alderete’s 44 and will be awarded $1,000 that will go towards the school’s educational programs and technology.
District and Census officials shared that the competition was started to encourage CISD students’ families to self-respond and help shape a better future for all Canutillo ISD families.
CISD Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz and middle school principals Christopher Judge and Dr. Oscar Rico encouraged all families to participate in the 2020 Census Competition.
“Each principal informed the parents with details on date, time and school’s individual numbers to call,” census officials said. “Canutillo Middle School English teacher Mrs. Erika Gamboa took the extra step by encouraging student’s families to complete the Census questionnaire…Alderete Middle School Science teacher Mr. Todd Martin went out of his way by inspiring student’s families to do the same.”
During the competition, sworn-in U.S. Census Bureau response assistants assisted CISD parents to complete the questionnaire. Spanish representatives were available.
Census officials added that the importance of the competition was to educate families on how the 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children, such as:
- Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology.
- Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches.
- Maternal and child health programs.