Nebraska811 Safe Digging Poster Contest

The Nebraska One Call Board of Directors invites 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 have the opportunity to teach about digging safely around underground utilities.

Elementary age classes and groups are invited to participate in a poster contest after viewing the DVD. Posters depicting their interpretation of the 811 Call Before You Dig message are entered to win an on-site educational presentation where students help plant a tree for their school. The posters that are selected will be featured in our statewide public awareness campaign and Nebraska811 will present each school with a tree, commemorative bench, plaque and a cookie party.

The winning posters will be displayed at the State Capitol during the Lt. Governor’s Proclamation of National Safe Digging Month in April. Artists and their family members and teachers are invited to attend the proclamation and take 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.

The 2020 Safe Digging Poster Contest winners are as follows:

Randolph Public Schools
Randolph Teacher: Samantha Welch, 4th & 5th grade

Central Valley Elementary
Scotia Teacher: Mary Wood, 2nd grade

Gordon Elementary
GordonTeacher: Ann August, 3rd grade

Newman Grove Public School
Newman GroveTeacher: Karla Patzel, 4th & 5th grade

Silver Lake Elementary
Bladen Teacher: Trish Hinrichs, K-6

Springview Grade School
Springview Teacher: Mary Kay Keck, 3rd-5th grade

Wayne Elementary School
WayneTeacher: Sonya Tompkins, 6th grade

Please visit the Nebraska811 Facebook page to view the winning posters.

Information on the 2021 contest will be announced in late 2020. Watch this page for participation information.

To view the video and utilize the curriculum, see the links below:

CGA Pirate Adventure Safe Digging Video


Governor’s Proclamation

Please enjoy the re-cap videos from years past.

2018 Safe Digging Poster Contest Results

2018 811 Pirate Outreach Recap

2015 811 Pirate Outreach Recap

Nebraska811staff 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!!”

2014 811 Pirate Outreach Recap

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!

2014 Safe Digging Proclamation & 811 Pirate Adventure Poster Contest WINNERS!!

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 for further details.

2013 811 Pirate Outreach Recap

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! The CGA’s PIRATE Video teaches youth about underground lines and Dig Safety in general and can be viewed here: