Grade 1 Students At Port Maitland School Are Busy As Bees

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 11:35 AM

Some Grade 1 students in Yarmouth County are doing their part to boost the bee population.

A study, using data from around the world, has shown that honey bees are the world's most important single species of pollinator in natural ecosystems.

Bee numbers have been on the decline.

Bees are responsible for pollinating about one-sixth of the flowering plant species worldwide and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plant.

The youngsters at Port Maitland School are building a bee garden.

They began talking about bees after one showed up in a classroom.

Teacher Shannon Whittaker took on the project.

Allen Whittaker, Shannon's husband and a grade 3 teacher at Port Maitland, says it was one of those "teachable moments".

"Their math revolved around bees, their writing revolved around bees, what they were learning in science revolved around bees which fits in with animal life cycles. The students really got curious about 'well, what can we do to help the bees'."

The students raised $120 by selling paper bees to pay for the flowers.

Tomorrow they'll begin planting flowers in the bee garden in front of Port Maitland school.

Allen says he and Shannon will look after the garden once school is out.

"We planted plants that require very little maintenance but also that flower all summer, spring and fall. The goal is to provide as much food for the bees while they're active."