Rochester students working to save bees

March 15, 2019 07:36 AM

In second grade, you probably remember spending a lot of time reading, writing and practicing math. 

But a group of second grade students at Francis Parker School No. 23 in Rochester are also raising awareness about bees. 

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The group of students learned about bees in class. They learned that the bee population is shrinking and the group wanted to help. In just one year, some beekeepers estimate they have lost more than 30 percent of their bee population. 

The students learned drastic changes in weather and pesticides are two factors contributing to the decrease of the bee population. 

After learning bees pollenate the food we eat and the flowers we enjoy, the group wanted to help.

The second graders made t-shirts with bee facts on them, sold bee-friendly seeds and encouraged people to plant them, so the bees have places to pollenate. 

These pint-sized environmental conservationists said that if the bees die, we are in trouble.

"What we learned is that honeybees are very important to our community," student Cirae Cooper said.

The students spread facts about bees as they sold the seeds.

"We want people to know about bees so they help the bees and they don't spray pesticides on the flowers," second grader Sammy Birritella said.

Students also wrote letters to lawmakers asking them to create bee-friendly laws.

"We would like to write letters to the President and the Mayor saying to stop pesticide pollution," student Addie Egling said.

Some students in the class became interested in becoming beekeepers after learning more about bees. 

The students raised $150 all together and it was donated to Sweet Beez, Inc. Sweet Beez is an organization that educates people about the importance of bees and conservation efforts. 


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