We are excited to welcome honeybees to our CFS campus in April 2019!
Bees are hard working creatures that are very important to our ecosystem, and some scientists are warning they are in danger of disappearing. These important little creatures are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Many delicious fruits, vegetables, and nuts grew only with the help of bees pollinating the plants. With support from a Bright Ideas Education Grant from Piedmont Electric, we were able to purchase equipment and two hives of honey bees (one each for Lower and Middle School).
A beekeeper needs to be a good observer, they must have a good understanding of the biology and life cycles of the animal, and they must be creative in problem solving when they are faced with choices. Along with the global issues that are affecting honeybees and the importance that they have in both agriculture and the environment, they comprise a rich topic to explore and a wonderful way to get students to engage with the natural world. By observing these small creatures, students will get a glimpse into how the hive works together in unique ways to survive and grow.
The goal of this project is to provide our students with hands-on experience of caring for bees, developing in them an appreciation for the important role honeybees play in our environment. Through this project students will gain awareness of the importance of making space for pollinators in our community. Bees can travel up to two miles to collect pollen and nectar. Our campus and the surrounding area is full of plants just waiting to be visited by our bees.