At Old Donation School, a place already known for its sustainable environmental features, there is now an active beehive on its Green Roof. Assistant principal, Janet Smallwood, leads the way by teaching by example, as she cares for the bees, and their queen; she also collects their honey, which she takes home, conditions, returns to the school and gives to the cafeteria to use in its scratch cooking pilot program.
Students and staff are looking forward to learning about honey and harvesting it for the kitchen and school. They recently harvested 11 pints for use in the scratch cooking, which will also include the large outdoor gardens and greenhouse.
On this first week back at school, Smallwood taught Shelby Lovelace, an art teacher, the process, and they prepared the bees for the winter months ahead, by maintaining the hive and removing some of its compartments so that the bees can focus on storing up for winter.
Everyone is also looking forward to learning more about honey and harvesting it for the kitchen and school.
They recently harvested 11 pints for use in scratch cooking, which will also include edible items from the school's large, outdoor gardens, and greenhouse.