Fifth Grader Interviews Census Bureau Director

EDISON—For Wardlaw-Hartridge fifth grader, Anuva Goel of Piscataway, the morning of Friday, Jan. 22, was filled with anticipation and curiosity as she prepared to interview Dr. Robert Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau for the Feb. 19th edition of “The Weekly Reader.”

Goel, who is one of 12 student reporters to write and report for “The Weekly Reader News Senior Edition” this year, was chosen for the project by her editor, Laura McClure Anastasia. Goel said she did extensive research about the U.S. Census and Groves to prepare for her telephone interview, which took place in the Lower School Office.


After Goel introduced herself to Groves, she asked him about what changes were made to the 2010 U.S. Census form and how he accounts for visitors from other countries who respond to the census. She also asked him about his job responsibilities and what inspired him to study the field of statistics.

Other questions included: “When did you fill out your first census form?” and “What advice would you give to children who want to follow in your career path?”

Following her interview, which will be transcribed via audiotape by her editor, Goel shared her impressions from the interview with school officials and her mother, Nalina Goel.

She said Groves mentioned advertising as an effective way to encourage U.S. residents to complete their census forms. He urges children to tell their friends to have the census forms filled out and mailed in by their parents.

Goel also shared that Groves, who enjoyed math and history as a student, considers traveling to other countries one of his favorite job responsibilities because he can learn about how officials in other nations conduct their censuses.

Anuva Goel of Piscataway, a fifth grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, interviews Dr. Robert Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Photo by Michelle Daino/Wardlaw-Hartridge School

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