Morley Elementary celebrates Nebraska’s statehood with Gov. Pillen

Nebraska’s top leader visited Morley Elementary to celebrate the state’s birthday. 

The Meadowlarks hosted Gov. Jim Pillen on March 1. The school greeted him with a necklace adorned with a cutout of Nebraska before he observed reading in a second-grade classroom. 

“This is a big deal. This is the governor,” Morley fourth-grade student Maverik said. 

“Students and staff were honored the Governor visited Morley to celebrate Nebraska's Birthday,” Principal Brandi Hennerberg. “We were also excited that he could see us teaching and learning.”  

The Governor later went to the gym to interact with Morley’s fourth-grade students. They serenaded him with “Beautiful Nebraska” before he gave him a brief state history lesson. The students also had the opportunity to ask Gov. Pillen a few questions. The governor shared his favorite things about the state, like its people and land. Fourth-grade students across the state learn about Nebraska's history, so the visit was timely. 

“I probably knew about 10%, but now I think I know about 99% because my teacher has taught a lot,” Morley fourth-grade student Avery added.

After the Q & A session, the fourth-grade students sang Happy Birthday to honor Nebraska’s statehood before the governor left. 

Look at some highlights from Gov. Pillen’s visit to Morley below.


Published: March 6, 2023, Updated: March 6, 2023

Gov. Jim Pillen shares Nebraska History to fourth grade students from Morley Elementary.