CMSD Census Contest

Student Videos can help spread Census message.

CMSD has been stressing the importance of the 2020 Census and is turning to students for help in spreading the word.

With support from the Cleveland Foundation, the District is asking students in preschool through 12th grade to create videos that encourage Clevelanders to participate in the Census.

Twelve students will win $200 Visa gift cards.

A full count in the Census helps increase critical federal funding that CMSD and the region receive based on population. But less than half of Cleveland households have completed the form, and the city’s participation rate trails those of Ohio’s seven other urban centers.

In under a minute, the students’ videos should explain why the Census is important to them and their families and encourage friends, relatives and neighbors to complete the Census form.

Students can choose song, dance, rap, writing, drawing or other creative means to send the message. Students or families should post their videos to social media including:

YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tag #CMSDCounts or #inthistogetherOhio.

Submit entries to by 11:59 p.m., Friday, June 5.

The CMSD Census Committee will judge the videos for creativity and effectiveness and notify winners by June 12. Four winners will be picked from each of three grade bands: PreK-4, 5-8 and 9-12.

CMSD and partners will use the videos to promote the Census.

For information or assistance email [email protected].

The Census can be completed quickly online, by mail or by phone, and federal law requires that personal information remain strictly confidential. Learn more about the Census and complete the form at or by calling 844.330.2020.