MONROE, La. (KNOE) – The U.S. Census Bureau donated refillable water bottles to Monroe City schools on Wednesday.

Monroe School Superintendent Brent Vidrine said these bottles can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. He said, with kids having their own bottle, they won’t have to all drink out of the same water fountain.

Officials have stressed the importance of census data, saying it helps provide funding to the community.

Ellen Hill, Monroe Director of Planning and Urban Development, said these bottles will also help remind parents to fill out the census if they haven’t already.

Hill said she just checked the response rates for the city of Monroe.

“As a city, we’re up to 60.1, but our goal is really 100 percent. So we’ve got a ways to go, but we just want to make sure that everyone gets counted,” she said.

Hill said they have 225 water bottles as of today, and they’re working on getting a donation of 5,000 bottles by the time school starts.

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