Becoming a Bee School is important for many different reasons. When a school receives this designation it demonstrates to our school community and to the local community that the school is an ally to nature preservation. It also demonstrates the importance of pollinators in our local and makes official our commitment to educate our students to care for and conserve local ecosystems and the environment. The team at Hillcrest Public School is concerned about a future where pollinators are extinct, and this farming community will be severely impacted by the loss of pollinators.
Hillcrest Public School has been working towards becoming a more eco-conscious school. In the summer of 2018 the school installed a pollinator garden in its front yard. We also installed bee shelter tubes and butterfly houses in the vicinity of the garden to help the pollinators flourish in the area once again.
The goal for this coming year would be to maintain and improve the existing pollinator garden by adding in more plants. Furthermore, we will add more pollinator friendly plants around the school in the other existing gardens. We are planning on applying for Eco Grants from multiple local initiatives to help us fund the purchase of these plants and maintenance tools (mulch and edging).
The dedicated staff at Hillcrest PS is working hard to help students become aware of the crucial need for a healthy pollinator population. The school is a buzz with a variety of ego initiatives. We have invited professionals from the Lower Trent Conservation Area, planted a pollinator garden, and create a natural willow play structure. Introducing our students to place based learning and ecological stewardship has been an important factor in our every day teaching.