K–12 Student Poster & Video Contest

Create a poster or video that creatively shows why it's important for your community to be counted in the 2020 Census.

About The #WeCountChallenge

Share your block’s story. Bring awareness to the challenges in your community, and show the world what makes your neighborhood and the people in it special.

Prizes for 3 Winners In Each Category

Finalists will also receive special recognitions

Kindergarten - 2nd grade

3rd - 5th grade 

6th - 8th grade

High School

Official Rules

In order to be eligible for the “#WeCountChallenge” Poster Contest and prizes, the following guidelines must be met: Only one submission entry per student. Contestants must include the entry form with their submission. The entry form can be found at WeCountChallenge.com Contestants must be enrolled in K-12 schools in Cook County. Submissions will be judged based on the following categories:  1.) K-2; 2.) Grades 3-5; 3.) Grades 6-8; 4.) Grades 9-12

All entries must be received by 5 pm on Friday, May 1st, 2020. Students must own the right to use all images used in the poster, and footage and music used in the video. Make sure your video or poster does not contain inappropriate language, images, or sounds. Any and all entries/submissions shall become and shall remain the property of the Cook County and their partner organizations.

About the Census

But wait, what's the deal with the Census? The U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone in the United States every 10 years. This population count helps your community receive thousands of dollars for every person accurately counted. An estimated $14,000 over the next decade to be exact. The information collected helps Cook County communities like yours receive federal funds for things like schools, housing, healthcare, roads, parks and more. Census participation also helps your community win political power at the federal level.

Money & Power For Your Community

Each person counted accurately means more funds to improve schools, homes, hospitals, and the many public resources that our community depends on every day.

  • Earn $14,000 for your community

  • Responses and are anonymous and your info is protected

  • Respond online today

Get Counted in the #WeCountChallenge

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