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The 2020 Mississippi Census Celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week & Day

The 2020 Mississippi Census would like to take the time to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, and National Teacher Appreciation Day, May 5! This is a time to show your appreciation to the teachers in your life, whether you’re currently a student, graduated years ago, or are raising children of own.

Teachers, professors, and other educators are a true foundational backbone of our society: they pass along knowledge to future generations so that they may become the leaders of tomorrow, equipped with the intelligence and skills to move forward and improve our lives constantly. They guide us when we are young, work with us as we get older, and see us off as we venture towards new horizons. Our nation’s teachers deserve our thanks.

Taken from a Presidential Proclamation in 1986, “When Henry Adams wrote, ‘A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops,’ he expressed a sentiment that any student could share. Teachers help us learn to read, to write, and to count and how to study. By word and example, teachers impart moral and civic values. During our most formative and impressionable years, teachers help us understand ourselves and the world around us.”

And then taken from a Presidential Proclamation in 2016, “Our country’s story, written over more than two centuries, is one of challenges, chances, and progress. As our Nation has advanced on our journey toward ensuring rights and opportunities are extended fully and equally to all people, America’s teachers—from the front lines of our civil rights movement to the front lines of our education system—have helped steer our country’s course. They witness the incredible potential of our youth, and they know firsthand the impact of a caring leader at the front of the classroom.”

Education is an incredibly important field in our country, and to show just how many people have devoted their lives to teaching, check out these statistics from the 2018 American Community Survey (ACS):

TableID: B24124, Detailed Occupation for the Full-Time, Year-Round Civilian Employed Population 16 Years and Over

That’s an estimate of around 4,859,479 people: almost 5 million teachers, tutors, assistants, and more!

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to take the time to reach out to a teacher that has changed your life and thank them for everything they’ve done for you. While you’ve got them, why not check and see if they’ve completed their 2020 Mississippi Census? It only takes 10 minutes to answer 10 questions for 10 lasting years of impact on our state. Each person not counted represents $50,000 in federal funding per person over the next decade: including children! You can fill out your census online, over the phone, or through the mail!

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