For Immediate Release
March 22, 2016 | Great Photo Opp!
New Castle, DE-
Monday, April 4, 2016, bee hives will be delivered to William Penn High School (WPHS), located at 713 E. Basin Road, New Castle DE 19720 at 12:45 p.m. The queen and her drones will be reared by students majoring in Agriculture and Environmental Studies under WPHS’s restructured program which allows students to choose from a variety of majors much like traditional colleges.
You are invited to see students inserting the queen bee and her drones into the hives wearing protective gloves, jackets, and veils. The hives will be kept in a contained area near the greenhouses at WPHS. Students will be rearing the bees for pollination of crops on WPHS’s Penn Farm, which is adjacent to the high school. Along with student-grown produce, honey will be used by students studying Culinary Arts, and sold to the public.
Across the country, honeybee pollinators are disappearing at an alarming rate. “This endeavor is just one more learning experience that keeps kids wanting to come to school,” said Agriculture teacher Kathleen Pickard. Pickard will also help WPHS students plant wildflowers on Penn Farms as an Earth Day event near the end of April. Bees need the pollen and nectar from wildflowers to stay healthy.