It’s important to become a bee school, because we as educators are at the forefront of making change happen. Through our daily interactions with younger generations, we have the opportunity to make a real difference and help students and the community realize the importance of directing our attention to the preservation of the environment, habitats and animals/insects such as bees. Pollinators are key to preservation, which is what we would highlight.
With the help of Bee City Canada, I know we can encourage other schools and members of our community to take initiative and make a difference when it comes to preserving our pollinators.
We should become a Bee City School because we care about the importance and preservation of bees to not only sustaining human life, but also those of animals. We believe that though we live a residential area, that we should be able to share it with bees and other animals. We will educate our students and our community on the importance of bees and how best to make a difference. We know that making a difference and raising awareness has to start somewhere, and it can start with us!
We would like to host a “bee museum”, open to the public and all other classrooms, in our classroom in the month of May. We would have math-themed bee exhibits, science-themed, social studies-themed, ELA-themed, honey tasting, etc. We would collect funds from the public and classrooms and donate the proceeds to either Bee City Canada.
We are still awaiting permission, but we plan on hosting a hive on school grounds. We also want to revitalize the garden near the entrance of our school by planting a locally native pollinator garden using the following plants:
1. Prairie crocus (Anemone patens) Attracts bees and other pollinators
2. Northern bedstraw (Galium boreale) Larval host plant for hawk and tiger moths
3. Blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata) Attracts bees and other pollinators
4. Prairie coneflower (Ratibida columnifera) Attracts birds and other pollinators
5. Giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) Attracts birds and other pollinators
6. Bergamot (Mondarda fistulosa) Attracts bees and other pollinators
7. Prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana)* Larval host plant for American painted ladies
8. Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) Larval host plant for Monarch butterflies
9. Smooth fleabane (Erigeron glabellus) Attracts bees and other pollinators