In December 2018, the Nebraska One Call Board of Directors invited Nebraska elementary age children to learn about the importance of underground utility services and the dangers of unsafe digging practices such as injury and the loss of key services like 911, electricity, internet and heating/air conditioning. Using a fun and educational DVD combined with a comprehensive Teacher’s Resource Guide developed by the Common Ground Alliance*, educators had the opportunity to teach about digging safely around underground utilities.
Elementary age classes and groups were invited to participate in a poster contest after viewing the DVD. Posters depicting their interpretation of the 811 Call Before You Dig message were entered to win an on-site educational presentation where students help plant a tree for their school. Posters were chosen from among 468 entries from 25 schools to be featured in our statewide public awareness campaign. Nebraska811 presented each school with a tree, commemorative bench, plaque and a cookie party.
The winning posters were displayed at the State Capitol during the Lt. Governor’s Proclamation of National Safe Digging Month on April 8th. Several of the artists and their family members and teachers attended the proclamation and took a tour of the State Capitol building. Nebraska811 will include the posters in various promotions including newsletters, websites, social media, and billboards across the State of Nebraska.
Stayed tuned for the 2020 Safe Digging Poster Contest information to be available Fall 2019. Meanwhile, please enjoy the re-cap videos from past contests.
Click here to view the official CGA 811 Pirate Adventure video.
Nebraska811 staff and board members teamed up with local schools for their annual "811 Pirate Adventure" youth outreach program. Several Nebraska elementary schools viewed the
"Pirate Adventure" video which teaches the importance of safe digging practices in a super-fun way. Kids could then draw posters about safe digging and submit them to our annual contest!
This montage video shows the fun we had at the winning schools this spring & summer - planting trees, awarding 811 cookies and having a blast with some great kids.
"Call Before You Dig - ARRRR!!"
Here's a fun retrospective vid starring staff members of Nebraska811, Board Members of Nebraska811, teachers, parents and public safety officials and of course the STUDENTS of several Nebraska elementary schools participating in an 811 Poster Contest and '811 Pirate Adventure Video' activities throughout Nebraska this spring and summer (2014). Making the younger generation more aware of Damage Prevention and 'Calling 811 Before they Dig' is an excellent way to make Nebraska a safer place for everyone for years to come. We hope you enjoy the video!
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman proclaimed April as Safe Digging Month on April 9th at the State Capitol. The Nebraska One Call Board of Directors was in attendance as were the Pirate Adventure Safe Digging Poster Contest winners and their families. Winning posters were displayed in the rotunda along with the Nebraska811 booth where educational and promotional items were available. ENJOY THE VIDEO BELOW, INCLUDING ALL THE WINNERS!
Congratulations to the following schools that were chosen as winners in our Pirate Adventure Safe Digging Poster Contest. Each school will receive a complimentary park bench and tree planting at an on-site educational presentation put on by the One Call Board of Directors. Senators for each associated district have been invited and anyone in the community is welcome to join in the fun!
Pershing Elementary – Lexington Friday 5/9 2:15 PM
Weeping Water Public School – Monday 5/19 12:00 PM at the city park
Orchard Public School – Monday 4/28 1:00 PM at the city park
Chase County Elementary School (Imperial) – Wednesday 5/7 1:00 PM
Gates Elementary School (Grand Island) –Friday 5/2 2:00 PM
Dorchester Public School – Tuesday 5/6 1:45 PM
Jefferson Elementary (Norfolk) - Tuesday 5/13 10:00 AM
Elkhorn Kids Campus (Elkhorn/Omaha) – Thursday 4/24 4:00 PM
Reagan Elementary School (Millard/Omaha) – Wednesday 4/29 2:00 PM
Watch for billboards with the winning posters and a safe digging message displayed throughout Nebraska all summer long. Please contact Jill Geyer at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Here's a short video montage of some pics/video clips of Nebraska811 staff and board members visiting some area schools and kid's groups, spreading the important message of Damage Prevention and '811' utilizing the Common Ground Alliance's PIRATE video for Kids. Learn more about Dig Safety in Nebraska at www.ne1call.com!
The CGA's PIRATE Video teaches youth about underground lines and Dig Safety in general and can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mLoG9jUkBQ