2010-02-26 / School News

Visitation Academy Students Get Inspired by the Census

Students Celine Ebert and Nikki Knauer show off their project. Students Celine Ebert and Nikki Knauer show off their project. Eighth grade students at Visitation Academy recently completed a semester long project designed to highlight the importance of participating in the US Census in 2010. Students created slogans to encourage people to complete their Census questionnaires accurately and promptly.

Final projects required each student group to write a thoughtful and relevant proposal outlining their request for funds for a community center, based on their collected census data from a particular area of the country.

Students made dioramas to accompany their proposals which included a dog park complete with water fountains and recycling pails, a park for children and adults with disabilities offering a behavioral therapy zoo, a dolphin therapy center specializing in treating children with autism, a sleep away camp for working parents, and a community center offering organic foods, yoga lessons, and meditation groups. Projects had to be made with recycled materials.

The projects were inspired by the most recent census data which shows that 25 percent of the Brooklyn, New York population is handicapped, implying a need for a handicapped community center that would cater to people with physical, mental or emotional handicaps.

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