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Talk of population count starts, as 2020 census approaches

Walterboro City Council is set to commit its support to the upcoming 2020 population census.
Council was going to pass a resolution supporting the census during their Sept. 3rd meeting; however, that council meeting was cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian. The meeting was recently rescheduled, allowing the council to again discuss the importance of the upcoming population count.
The U.S. Census Bureau is required by the United States Constitution to conduct a population count. In their resolution supporting this census, the resolution states that the City of Walterboro is “committed to ensuring every resident is counted … and to make sure that all federal and state funding is allocated to communities.” The census is also vital in providing data needed to supply any proper government-based housing for residents who might need it.
In the city’s partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau and the State of South Carolina for the population count, the city council states it will “support the goals and ideals for the 2020 census;” “encourage all residents to participate in events and initiatives that will raise the overall awareness of the 2020 census and increase participation;” “provide census advocates to speak to community and county organizations;” support census takers; and strive to achieve a complete and accurate count of all persons” within the city’s borders.
According to information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, households throughout American will be able to respond to the 2020 census by several options: online, over the phone or through a paper questionnaire. A sample version of that questionnaire shows that the questions focus on the number of people who live in each American household, the race of each person and where other family members might reside, such as college or in the U.S. Military.
The census will begin being conducted in March of 2020, and jobs to help conduct the population count are currently available through the U.S. Census Bureau
For more information, go to the U.S. Census Bureau at www.census.gov.

Walterboro firefighters fill their boots for the MDA
Firefighters with the Walterboro Fire Department worked last weekend to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The firefighters spent the weekend at Wal-Mart asking customers to donate and to put cash into their fire boots.
Each year, the WFD works to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). All collected money goes to the MDA to help support the families of children who are being treated for the disease. Monies raised by local firemen will stay in the local community, according to Lt. Amye Stivender, spokeswoman for the Walterboro Fire Department.
The fundraising efforts began on Friday, Sept. 13 and lasted through Sunday, Sept. 15th.

Schools host suicide prevention events for students
The Colleton County School District recently hosted suicide prevention activities for local students as part of a new designated prevention week.
District leaders allocated Sept. 8-14 as Suicide Prevention Week. During this time last week, a suicide prevention summit was held for students at Colleton County High School on Sept. 12th. Sponsored by Colleton Medical Center, the after-school-hours event was a discussion for students and adults about suicide. The information included tips on how to recognize warning signs. It also featured speakers who shared their personal stories about struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. Also as a part of this suicide prevention week, the district hosted a suicide prevention walk was held for students at Colleton County Middle School on Sept. 13th. The entire week of suicide prevention efforts was sponsored by Colleton Medical Center. (See related article in this issue).

Schools use new meal-alert app
Parents of children who attend Colleton County public schools can now use a new app to control what their children eat from the school cafeterias. The Colleton County School District is now using “MealViewer,” an app and Web site that allows parents to view daily menus at their child’s school and also to make your child aware of potential allergens being served. The app is meant to help parents keep an eye on what is being served daily so that they can educate their children on what they may be potentially allergic to. It also allows parents to rate different meals that are served, and to let their child know when their favorite food is going to be served from the cafeteria. Parents can go to schools.mealviewer.com or download “MealViewer To Go” as a mobile app.
For more information, go to www.colletonsd.org.

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