An indoor observation beehive recently was installed in the library at Williamson High School.
The beehive was provided through a grant with The Bee Cause. Williamson, the first school in the state to receive an indoor hive grant, started a Bee Club comprised of 20 active members.
Bee Club adviser Olivia Schauf said she wanted to create authentic engagement in the library space and community at-large, but also raise awareness about the necessity of bees. Local beekeepers previously spoke to students about bees and beekeeping. The hive will be used in environmental science classes to describe mutualistic relationships and students will write papers about how bees impact the environment.
The club consists of four subcommittees: gardeners, beekeepers, education and public awareness. Gardeners help plan and tend the garden, beekeepers monitor the hive, education plans activities and opportunities for learning, and public awareness helps create PSAs.
One PSA explored what to do when stung. Other topics will include the difference between a honey bee and a wasp, what to do when approached by a bee, and how bees help the environment. Videos premiere during forums, which happen every day at the start of school.
Two beekeepers are on staff at Williamson. Jerry Bussey, of Canandaigua, is the overseeing beekeeper and the school’s senior CSA from BOCES.