On Thursday, Oct. 6, fourth and second-grade students at Berea Elementary School were treated to a presentation from two local
beekeepers. Tom Steed, of Steed’s Bees, and Robert Reynolds, of Maybrook Honey, donned their beekeeping suits and taught the students about the importance of bees to the environment. They discussed the intricate hierarchies of each bee colony, from the queen bee down to the drones. Students peppered the beekeepers with questions ranging from “How do you know which bee is the queen bee?” to “Why do bees sting?” as they peered at a glass display containing a portion of a colony.
The program was made possible through a grant from the Valley Central Education Foundation, a non-profit organization which is dedicated to enhancing, maintaining and promoting opportunities for students enrolled in the Valley Central School District while supporting creative educational initiatives. The presentation was part of a larger garden project at Berea where students have the opportunity to gain a hands-on lesson in ecology and science.