Angelina schools stress census

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

(LUFKIN, TX KTRE) This week, students across Angelina County will learn the importance of the 2010 census.

To canvassing the hallways with census posters, Diboll ISD says it's important kids understand why the census counts.

"We're hoping to act as a liaison between the Census Bureau and the families in our community," said Kevin Mathis, Diboll ISD Assistant Superintendent.

So far, it seems to be working.

As assistant superintendent, Kevin Mathis crunches numbers. He says the school district's federal funding relies heavily on the census.

"That equals to over 500 dollars per child for the year," said Mathis.

Mathis broke it down. By census standards, each student is worth about five hundred and twenty eight dollars. If every person in the school district isn't counted, that number could be wiped away-- leaving the school district with less.

"If we got reduced in funding that means a reduction in teachers or a reduction in staff to assist those students who are in need of additional help. It could also mean less supplies, less contracted services, less travel," said Davis.

This week, students across Angelina County will become census-savvy and hopefully pass that knowledge on to mom and dad.

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