"What is your favorite school lunch?" and "Are you right or left handed?" These are just two of the questions students at McNamara Elementary answered for the school's version of the 2010 Census.
The school's PTA and staff members developed a brief, 10-question census that students in first through fifth grades took during their library periods the week of March 22. As they sat at tables marked with "Census Station" signs and filled out the online questionnaire on laptops, fifth-graders sat with them, acting as census workers to provide assistance if the younger students needed it.
None of the students who completed the census were identified by name, so their answers were confidential.
After each class completed the census, school library media specialist Justin Ashworth discussed the results with them and how McNamara's census compares with the official 2010 Census their parents will fill out. The school's goal was to educate students about what the census is, how it is conducted and how important it is to the Baldwinsville community and the country.
Third-grader Justin Bogardus, left, takes the McNamara Elementary School census with the assistance of fifth-grader Kenneth Stehle.