Last Friday afternoon, Jan. 27, at Nelson Mandela Elementary School in North Omaha, the air in the classrooms thrummed with an anticipatory electricity.
In the halls, students caught sight of blue jackets and a familiar logo and a whisper went running through the school: the Bluejays were here. And they brought toothbrushes.
Jan. 27 became the first day in the shared mission between Nelson Mandela and the Creighton University School of Dentistry to help the elementary school’s 140 students improve their dental health. It all started with a school-wide assembly on the importance of brushing one’s teeth, an effort that attracted Creighton mascot Billy Bluejay and brought rampant cheers of “Go Bluejays!” from the children.