Alabama Census Bowl Kicks Off Today
School systems across Alabama jumped headfirst into the Alabama Census Bowl for Schools Program today. The program is designed to encourage higher self-response rates for the 2020 census across the 32 lowest-performing counties in Alabama.
Set up in an elimination-style bracket, these schools will compete each week until Sept. 30 for the chance to earn up to $65,000 in grant money for their institutions. The self-response rate is open to the entire county, not just to the families of students.
The competition rounds and rewards for a county's final ranking break down as follows:
- Elite 8 - $20,000 each
- Final 4 - $30,000 each
- Second Place - $45,000
- First Place - $65,000
The higher self-response rate of the two counties facing off will move on to the next round.
Results will be tallied based on the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs' self-response rate data Mondays after 2 p.m., and the next rounds start by 10 a.m. each Wednesday, with the announcement of each bracket's winners.
Below is a list of the participating Alabama counties:
For more information, click here.