IMG_0338Community.  The Environment.  Education.  Service.  Like a bee flitting from flower to flower, pollinating as she goes, each of our individual actions affects our shared world community.  In keeping bees at Logan we’ll be teaching how our efforts in our own neighborhoods can expand to help across the planet to create a world community we’re all proud to be a part of.

 

We’ll begin with one class this spring.  They will build a Langstroth and Top Bar hive, starting two colonies on the secluded deck outside the Service Learning Office in the Spring.

 

The initial learning for the students will include understanding and learning about bees and bee colonies including; the history of bee keeping, hive structure, types of bees, bee communication strategies, their biological make-up, the bee crisis (Colony Collapse Disorder), and about the importance of honey bees to the environment, including their role in pollinating up to 80 percent of the world’s crops. In addition, they will also learn about the part bees are playing in developing nations by helping people create a sustainable livelihood while rebuilding the environment in their role as pollinators.

 

Those who have provided for and will continue to provide inspiration, support and knowledge for this project include (parent), a hobbyist and experienced beekeeper, (teacher)., also a hobbyist and beekeeper, (teacher), Marty Hardison, a local bee expert, the Experientail Education Teachers and various parents who have expressed an interest.

 

Our Pollination Radius

Eventually we’ll harvest and sell the honey the bees produce and products created from the wax to the Logan community. The sale of honey and other products will enable the school to make a positive impact on the broader community by donating the proceeds to a partner school or orphanage in the developing world which will use the money to plant bee gardens, flowering trees and build a hive to begin a colony of their own. Thus, instead of giving a one-time gift, Logan students will be part of a cycle that creates a sustainable asset that nourishes and supports our adopted school or orphanage’s community.  In this process, we will also develop relationships with the students at the school or orphanage through correspondence and a shared interest in the bees.

 

This project empowers our students to help the environment at both a local and worldwide level. With a small initial investment in materials and a colony (under $200), the Logan students create a self-sustaining project, which ultimately replicates itself in a community in need. This global perspective model creates world-spanning relationships all while teaching that we can think and act at both the local and global level. These activities educate our students about our food chain and how a local community can make a worldwide difference.

Submitted by Lisa Culhane, Service Learning Coordinator