On Thursday, January 7, 2010, the Census Tour bus made a stop in Savannah at the West Broad St. YMCA, and First African Baptist Church. At the Y, hundreds of Savannah’s kids gathered to learn about the 2010 census.
At both locations, there were interactive computer screens, special speakers, and information to take home. There was a magic show, dance by a Mexican dance troupe, and lots of fun music.
At First African, those in attendance were entertained by singing group the Wardlaw Brothers who created and performed a song about the importance of being counted. Magician Houdini entertained and awed the audience.
The event was one of hundreds to be repeated across the nation as we gear up for the 2010 census. The main purpose is awareness.
At tour stops, partici- pants also learn about the 2010 Census and the positive impact their participation can have on the local community.
What many people do not realize is that the census determines how federal tax dollars are allocated. If we are undercounted in Savannah, we may get less money than we need to help people achieve self-sufficiency.
The stop is part of the Atlanta Regional Road Tour covering Georgia, Alabama and Florida. It is part of the cross-country National Tour comprised of 13 vehicles.
Census data are used to apportion seats in Congress, and directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments. The census bureau has worked hard to make the process easy this year. Only 10 questions. The census form will come in March. If a form is not returned a replacement will be sent. From May to July census workers will visit households in person if no form was sent back.