Lacombe’s EcoVision club launches a “Bee-Wise” project

Lacombe Composite High School’s EcoVision club latest project is causing a buzz.

The “Bee-Wise” project officially began last week Students in the EcoVision club and LCHS agriculture classes will study honeybees.

As part of the project, the EcoVision club will place two small honeybee hives in the school garden. The project was officially launched on at the Harvest Celebration in Lacombe on Friday.

“We’re going to be one of the first high schools in Alberta to have a bee program,” said Steven Schultz, supervising teacher at LCHS. “It’s not just a bee program, it extends into the community as well and has educational benefits. We’re going to be training students to be beekeepers through the Green Certificate Program.”

The Green Certificate Program is an industry-driven agricultural training program.

Grade 10 students Laine Unger and Naomi Delisle are members of the EcoVision club and are currently working on earning the certificate.

“I’ve always been aware of the environment and I’ve read things on bees that have opened my eyes. I really want to help them and this is my part in that. I want to get this certificate so I can work with bees,” said Unger.

Delisle, who suffers from anxiety and depression, dropped out in Grade 9, but said the EcoVision club has inspired her to become more involved in agriculture.

“I’m excited to learn how to take care of (the bees), she said. “They are becoming extinct so it’s really important to bring them back. My father lives on a farm so I might be getting some bee hives to take care of by myself.”

The EcoVision club inspires students to become ecological leaders through recycling, composting, installing a solar system and running a greenhouse.

jonathan.guignard@bprda.wpengine.com

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