Census 2020 Student Poster Contest

Young Artists Needed!

The Census 2020 Ellis County Complete Count Committee and the United Way of West Ellis County are sponsoring a poster contest to engage students in a discussion about the Census. The accurate counting of all people affects the entire community, and involving children in the process helps them understand the Census and its importance in our everyday lives.

Poster Contest Information

The Census 2020 Student Poster Contest is open to all Public, Private and Homeschooled students in grade categories K-5 living or attending a school in Ellis County. 

 

Poster Theme: Kindergarten – 5th Grade Students Theme: “Count Me In”

 

 

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by 5pm

  • Posters must have a positive visual and verbal message and illustrate this year’s theme.
  • Any two-dimensional medium may be used (crayon, paint, pencil, marker, photos, etc).
  • Suggested Poster size is 8.5” x 11”. (please try & use construction paper)
  • Student’s Registration Page MUST be attached to the back of the poster to qualify. Please complete both sections.
  • No professional or copyrighted material or images.

Art, Science & Math Teachers, Guidance Counselors and Home School teachers are encouraged to use this contest as part of their curriculum. All students are urged to submit a poster. The winning posters will be used by Ellis County's 2020 Complete Count Committee throughout the Spring in various avenues to promote the mission of the census.

Posters are judged with the following criteria: Best Message and Most Creative

Posters can be mailed or dropped off at the United Way of West Ellis County (717 W. Main Street, Midlothian) or turned into their campus office. Winners and respective school districts will be notified by email and invited to a Commissioners' Court Meeting meeting for recognition, date TBA.

Questions about the poster contest should be directed to Stephanie Bowman at sbowman@uwwec.org or (972) 723-7520

About the Census

The Constitution mandates that the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency, conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This year mark the first time that citizens will be able to respond to the census online.

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding goes to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790. Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.