On Thursday, all nine school districts in El Paso County, the Paso del Norte Complete Count Committee, and the U.S. Census Bureau join efforts for a County-wide Census Takeover Day and Telethon.
“This will encourage students’ families to self-respond and help shape a better future for all school families,” census officials stated via a news release. “Bilingual sworn-in U.S. Census Bureau Assistants will help members complete their questionnaire.”
With the deadline to fill out the census rapidly approaching, officials with the U.S. Census Bureau look to increase self-response rates and encourage city and county-wide residents to count themselves for a better future by holding this telethon along with community leaders.
“Communities benefit the most when the census counts everyone,” census officials share. “The 2020 Census count impacts billions of dollars in federal funds that communities receive each year determining the critical needs in the area such as roads, parks, hospitals, new schools, and other vital programs.”
School Districts will inform their school families to call these dedicated lines (915) 314 -8785 and (915) 792-1892 during the telethon.
“The data collected by the census impacts the everyday lives of real people. The results of the census are used by legislative bodies to determine funding for education, transportation, health, housing, and so much more,” says Canutillo ISD Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz. “The number of congressional seats allocated to the states is largely determined by the census. This only happens once every 10 years, so we have to get it right.”
Census community champions joining the efforts are Education Service Center Region 19, City of Socorro, and Paso del Norte Complete Count Committee.
All school families participating will automatically be entered into a raffle towards $100 gift cards courtesy of the City of Socorro and Paso del Norte Complete Count Committee.
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
As of September 23, the national self-response rate is 66.2 percent and the self-response rate for Texas is 61.9 percent. The self-response rate for City of El Paso is 67 percent, and the County of El Paso is 65.6 percent.
The Census Bureau is committed to a complete and accurate count, and urges every household to respond when a census visits or to respond on their own by using their census ID online, by phone or by mail.
Visit 2020census.gov to respond now and for more details.
What: Telethon Census Questionnaire Assistance Event
Who: Families from Nine (9) school districts
When: Thursday, September 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
School Districts Participating
- Anthony ISD
- Canutillo ISD
- Clint ISD
- El Paso ISD
- Fabens ISD
- San Elizario ISD
- Socorro ISD
- Tornillo ISD
- Ysleta ISD