CHICAGO (NNPA)—The U.S. Census Bureau has kicked off a national schools campaign at King College Preparatory High School to get more students involved in the upcoming census. The goal is to have the Census in Schools program reach 56 million school-age students in 118,000 schools nationally.

Stanley Moore, regional director for the U.S. Census Bureau, Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, and other community and civic leaders, joined Mayor Richard M. Daley as he expressed the importance of student    involvement.

“The ‘Census in Schools’ program represents a great way to engage our young people in spreading the word about the census and making sure that every Chicago resident understands why they should participate in it,” he said.

Preckwinkle, whose ward includes King high school, agreed.

“The census in schools is very important because if a parent is unable to complete the census form a student could fill it out since there are only 10 questions,” she told the Chicago Defender newspaper.

Shemiah Curry, 16, a junior at King high school, said not only should students actively participate and volunteer for the census but they should encourage others to do the same.

“We have a responsibility as students to make sure that everyone participates in the census because the results from the census will affect our future,” Curry said. “As King students we are taught to be future leaders. So getting involved in something that will help shape our future is the first step in showing leadership.”

Census forms will be mailed out to households beginning in March.

(For more information about the Census in Schools program, visit their website at

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