It is important for Drummond Central School to become a Bee School as we feel it deeply connects to our commitment to nature and to experiential learning. Doing our part to help preserve and protect our native pollinators has always been something we have had a keen interesting in doing–it is part of our responsibility as members of the Drummond community which has always had a rich tradition of building community relationships and celebrating student success.
Being a Bee City School would mean that we could really extend our mission of outdoor experiential learning as realized by our dedicated staff, parents and community partners. We are privileged to have a very large school yard green space. We are lucky to have an assortment of trees and shrubs on the yard and have already begun planting bee-friendly flowers. Our hope is to continue our learning about the types of plants, fruits and vegetables that will allow for native bees and pollinators to thrive. Much like a garden grows and thrives with the help of the bees, the staff at Drummond Central School are all “a buzz” about our growth mindset, with our goal being to create an engaging and inclusive place for all of our students to learn.
We are already considered “the place to Bee” as that is our school motto and the bee is our school mascot. Drummond Central has a strong commitment to outdoor education and experiential learning. We tap maple trees in early spring, plant a vegetable and pollinator garden in the late spring and harvest vegetables in the fall. Becoming a “Bee School” would only serve to further enhance our existing initiatives.
We are going to expand our community garden to include a native pollinator garden to further expand our pollinator habitat at our school. Our school garden extends into the community as we work with our
local food shelter, The Table, to donate our produce to families in need. Plants we are intending to grow include Pumpkins, Sunflowers, squash, kale, echinacea, Bee balm. In terms of the perennials (bee balm, echinacea, etc.), we are hoping to do mass plantings of native plants to really provide a rich habitat.
As we cultivate our community garden, we intend to track its progress via social media to keep the community connected to its progress. We are also hoping to have community members do virtual presentations about the importance of pollinators to our environment. All of this will be shared via social media and promoted with the help of our board’s communications department.