The Publicity Committee sponsored a Kids Poster Contest this year.

The focus was to teach children the importance of underground utility services, the dangers of unsafe digging practices and the need to call “811” prior to any digging activity in Oregon.

To enter the contest, students submitted posters depicting their interpretation of the 811 Call Before You Dig message. Nine winners where chosen. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for grades 3rd-5th.

The Kids Poster Contest is sponsored by the Oregon Utility Notification Center. Students attending Mary Woodward, Alberta Rider and Deer Creek Elementary Schools and are in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade are eligible to enter the contest. It is designed to combine a student’s originality and artistic talent with his or her ability to share the important message of Know what’s below, Call 811 before you dig.

Judging and Prizes
Entries will be judged on how effectively students communicate the theme:
Know what’s below, Call 811 before you dig.
The Executive Board Members of the OUNC will evaluate entries and choose the winners.
Prizes for each grade are: 1st place winners will receive a $50 gift card; 2nd place winners will receive a $25 gift card; and 3rd place winners will receive a $15 gift card.
The Teacher, who has the most students participate and design a poster, will win a $50 gift card.

How to Enter
Students will receive a poster board the first week of March at their school, which will go home with them as an after school project. We encourage parents to watch the Call811 Kids-Pirate video with their child. Step by step instructions are on the poster board.
If you have questions, please contact us at:

Eligibility Requirements
All entries must be original work, hand drawn. No syndicated, copyrighted or clip art images can be used.
All entries must be completed and delivered to the student’s school by March 31, 2016.
Open to students in grades 3rd through 5th.

Additional Information

All entries and all rights thereto become the property of OUNC.
By entering this contest, entrants grant the OUNC, unless prohibited by law, to reproduce and publish entries in any way and format in all forms of media (publication, websites) without compensation, for the purpose of publicity in any and all manner or media.
OUNC is not responsible for lost, late incomplete or illegible entries or notifications.
OUNC reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this competition, should causes beyond its control prevent the successful administration, winner selection or prize award.

Fun Facts to know: There are over 2.6 million miles of underground pipelines in the United States – enough to circle the earth over 100 times.
Every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs.
Data shows that if you call 811 before digging, you will avoid hitting an underground facility 99% of the time.