NILES, Mich. - Sara McLaren is taking a once-in-a-decade opportunity to tie the U.S. Census directly to her civics and social studies curriculum at Niles High School, the Niles Daily Star reported.

Students learn the process of counting the nation's population and the way in which census numbers are used to allocate money to such entities as hospitals and schools, as well as the way in which numbers help determine representation in Congress, according the Daily Star.

The students also have spent time after school on a project to encourage the public to participate, the Star reported. They have taped several public service announcements which aired on radio stations in Lansing and Detroit, and hope to do video public service announcements to be shown at a local theater, the report said.

Niles Daily Star, "Getting schooled on the 2010 census," March 9, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "The Mitten State Waves Goodbye," Dec. 23, 2009