Reeves, Anderson win 811 poster contest
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Chase County School fourth graders Elizabeth Reeves and Kade Anderson teamed up to draw the winning poster in the “811” Call Before You Dig Statewide Poster Contest.
Teacher Rita Nickel taught a special section on the 811 program and the importance of “call before you dig.”
The second place winners from Chase County Schools were Keirsten Colton and Kayla Chavira.
The contest was sponsored by the Nebraska One Call Board of Directors and was open to elementary-age children across the state. The posters depicted the students’ interpretation of the 811 Call Before You Dig message
Using a DVD combined with a comprehensive teacher’s resource guide, educators and group leaders had the opportunity to explain the necessity of the underground utilities used every day. The lesson carries the “Call Before You Dig” message throughout and explains the need to call 811 prior to any digging.
The DVD featured a friendly pirate who taught about the importance of underground utility services and potential dangers of unsafe digging practices such as injury and the loss of key services like 911, electricity, internet and heating/air conditioning.
Jill Geyer of Nebraska811 was present Wednesday, May 6 for an on-site educational presentation.
Nebraska811 and local utility representatives presented the class with a tree that they planted north of the school. Of course, they called 811 before digging the hole for the tree.
In addition to planting the tree, the fourth graders were treated to a cookie party.