CULPEPER — Virginians are invited to participate in 2020 Census Week of Action now through Friday.
Events taking places statewide encourage residents to learn more about what’s at stake in the 2020 census and to take action in their communities to help ensure a complete and accurate count in Virginia.
“An accurate count in the 2020 census will support our efforts to build a commonwealth for all Virginians and paint a more complete picture of the diverse voices that make up our state,” Gov. Ralph Northam said in a prepared statement. “I urge all Virginians to take part in the 2020 census week of action and learn about how you can raise awareness about the upcoming census in your community.”
Virginians can help promote the census by taking part in the following activities.
Monday: Engaging Virginia’s Seniors
Facilities and organizations that support Virginia’s seniors are encouraged to share information about the census. Additionally, families are encouraged to create a plan of action for completing the census with the seniors in their lives.
Older Virginians and their loves ones are also asked to mark their calendars for March 4 and join the 2020 Census Tele-Townhall hosted by the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth and AARP Virginia at https://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/advisory-boards/virginia-complete-count-commis sion/.
Tuesday: College ‘Talk About it Tuesday’
Colleges and universities are encouraged to educate students and faculty about the importance of the census. Students are encouraged to participate in “Talk About it Tuesday” by talking to their parents and guardians to create a plan of action for completing the census. College students can find information on student enumeration at https://2020census.gov/content/dam /2020census/materials/partners/2019-12/Fact_Sheet_for_ College_Students.pdf.
Wednesday: Let’s ‘Get Social’
Virginians can “Get Social” (on Media) by following Virginia’s census engagement efforts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Virginians are also invited to participate in a Twitter chat about what’s at stake in the 2020 census. Questions can be tweeted to @CountOnVirginia. Promote the census using the hashtags #Census2020 #VACompleteCount #CountOnVirginia.
Thursday: Counting Youngest Virginians
It is estimated that upwards of 5% of children under the age of 4 went uncounted in the 2010 census. On Thursday, early childhood care and education centers are encouraged to share information with parents and guardians about the 2020 census and the importance of young children born on or before April 1, 2020 (Census Day) being counted. Information on the enumeration of children ages 0 to 4 can be found at https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count/young-children.html.
Friday: K-12 ‘Census in Schools’
Educators and school administrators are encouraged learn about how they can incorporate the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program into their lessons and classroom activities. The SIS program uses census statistics to create classroom materials for grades pre-K through 12. Learn more about the SIS program at https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/about/sis-and-2020census.pdf.