April 9, 2010 | KFDM News | Original Article

2010 Census 'March to the Mailbox'


Southeast Texas - Block parties, bike-a-thons, picnics and crawfish boils are on the agenda for this weekend, when cities and local community groups stage awareness events in neighborhoods and communities across the country to urge households to mail back their 2010 Census questionnaires.

The effort is a final appeal to get residents to complete the 10-question Census form and mail it back so that everyone is counted and that each community gets its fair share of political representation and federal funding. Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi have had among the lowest 2010 Census participation rates in the nation.

To help out, awareness events are planned for every corner of every state to promote Census 2010 participation, the final publicity push before Census workers are dispatched to the field to knock on doors and gather the information in person. Among them:

* Saturday, April 10, 2010, March To The Mailbox Extravaganza, Eastham-Thomason Park, 1-4 p.m. Hosted by the City of Huntsville, Walker County, Huntsville-Walker Chamber of Commerce and Huntsville Independent School District

* Saturday, April 10th, Alice Keith Park Center, 4050 Reed, Beaumont, TX 77708, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

*Saturday, April 10th, North End Center, 3580 E. Lucus, Beaumont, TX 77708, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

*Saturday, April 10th, Pioneer Park Recreation Center, 9th Ave at Dryden Rd. Port Arthur, TX 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.