October’s Tasty Treats and Festive Fun

United States Census 2020
Statistics In Schools

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Statistics in Schools brings school subjects to life using real-world Census Bureau statistics to create materials for use year after year at all grade levels.

October’s Tasty Treats and Festive Fun

Prepare for the food, fun, and spooky festivities taking place this month with resources from the Statistics in Schools (SIS) program. Plus, learn how you can shape your students’ future by joining the SIS Ambassadors program.

World Food Day—October 16

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Feed me – fast! Did you know there were 237,922 fast food restaurants in the United States in 2016? Teachers, help your students discover the number of fast food restaurants in your state using the State Facts for Students tool. Where will you be eating for World Food Day?

Done with the main course? Take a look at the number of candy and nut stores and ice cream makers in your state.

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Boo! Halloween Fun Facts Coming Soon

Can you believe there’s a place called Tombstone, Arizona? Check out our Halloween Fun Facts later this month to discover spooky-sounding places and the number of potential trick-or-treaters in the United States! The fun facts handout comes with a complimentary teaching guide full of activity ideas.

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Ambassador recruitment

Shape the Future for Your Students and School

Fall recruitment is happening now! There’s still time to become an ambassador with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools program, which uses Census Bureau data to educate students (pre-K through 12) about the importance of a complete and accurate census count.

SIS equips teachers with free and engaging activities to use in their classrooms. For this school year, new materials will be released that teach students about the importance of the 2020 Census count and encourages  them to share what they learn with adults at home. 
SIS ambassadors will help promote a complete Census 2020 count by championing the program in their classrooms, schools, and communities. As leaders in the program, they will:

  • Promote national SIS events on social media platforms, leading up to and during events, to increase awareness and engagement
  • Network with fellow ambassadors.
  • Receive exclusive 2020 Census promotional items for use inside and outside the classroom.

Ideal candidates are active pre-K through high school teachers eager to spearhead a national initiative at their schools while shaping the future of their communities through social media, collaboration, and leadership. Application reviewers will consider the following qualifications:

  • Past leadership positions and/or an expressed interest in gaining experience
  • Knowledge of or experience with SIS materials
  • Social media presence

Making sure all children are counted in the 2020 Census is especially important for education. Responses to the 2020 Census survey will determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed to communities each year for the next 10 years, including money for school programs such as:

  • Special education
  • Teacher training
  • Technology
  • School lunch assistance
  • Head Start
  • Title I
  • After-school

As a SIS ambassador, you will help your students, schools, and communities benefit from the 2020 Census. To apply, email CLMSO.SISambassador@census.gov by October 24.

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About Statistics in Schools

We provide more than 100 activities that you can use to enhance and invigorate learning in many subjects. New activities, designed specifically for the 2019-2020 school year, spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children.