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In “What on Earth is the Census?,” 3rd Grader Hana Minami Underscores the Importance of this Year’s Count

  • Hana Minami received an Honorable Mention in the 3rd -5th Grade category of the Alhambra Source 2020 Census Storytelling Contest. She is a 3rd grader at Marguerita Elementary. Photo courtesy of Allison Minami.

  • Hana Minami received an Honorable Mention in the 3rd -5th Grade category of the Alhambra Source 2020 Census Storytelling Contest. She is a 3rd grader at Marguerita Elementary. Photo courtesy of Allison Minami.


Alhambra , CA United States

The Alhambra Source 2020 Census Storytelling Contest, co-sponsored by the Alhambra Unified School District, was created to educate local students on the importance of the decennial count and equip them with the tools to educate their own network. We are publishing the stories by our eight Census Ambassadors and putting a spotlight on their unique point of view on a foundational part of community funding.

This week’s story is authored by Hana Minami, a third-grade student at Marguerita Elementary School. Hana received an honorable mention in the 3rd-5th Grade Category.

Alhambra Source will continue publishing one of the winning entries every Thursday for the next four weeks.

“What on Earth is the Census?”

by Hana Minami

I first learned about the Census when I was doing homework online. At first I was like “What on Earth is the Census?” And then when I started learning about the 2020 Census, I learned that the census counts how many people are in the United States of America. The Census only happens every 10 years. My teacher told me and my class about the 2020 census. After, I asked my parents about the 2020 census and I found that they had already filled out the census form.

The 2020 census is important because the government needs to know how much money to give to schools and educational services like libraries. I go to Marguerita School and there are about 900 students. If the government gives $1 for each student and only 450 students filled out the census form, we would have only $450 to spend on 900 students. If everyone filled out the form we would have $900 to spend on 900 students. That is a big difference. That is why it is important to fill out the census form.

The money that the government gives schools is very useful. For example, the schools can use the money to pay the teachers or use the money to pay for school lunches. The schools can also use the money to get more computers or iPads for the schools and the students to use. My class shares our computers with 5 other classes. I wish we had our own computers. I would also like to see more books in the school library and have the school library be open more because I really like to read.

The government will give over 1 billion dollars to libraries from the Census. I like that the libraries get money because the libraries can use the money to get more books. I like libraries because I can never have enough books to read at home. I always get bored so I go to the library and borrow lots and lots of books. Sometimes libraries don’t have the books I am looking for, so the libraries can get more books so people can find the books they are looking for and read more.

Now I know what the census is about, and I think the census is very important to education. I learn a lot from school and libraries. Everyone should fill out the form so that schools and libraries can get more money to make their educational services better. If people don’t fill out the census now, they won’t get counted for 10 years.

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