April 18, 2013
SUBJECT: S OF O STUDENTS “BEE-GIN” BEEKEEPING APRIL 24 WITH ARRIVAL OF BEES
School of the Ozarks students have been “busy as bees” for the past several months preparing for a new task, beekeeping. The beekeeping project will provide students with a hands-on learning, work-study experience. Like College of the Ozarks, which operates S of O, students are given opportunities to learn the value of hard work by performing tasks. Currently, S of O students’ tasks have included cleaning their classrooms and lunchroom and building wooden hive boxes for beekeeping. On April 24 at 10:30 a.m. the students will formally welcome their bees to campus.
Freshman Quentin Evans has been actively involved in the bee project. “We’ve learned how the bees actually reflect the five goals of the College and School, so it will be exciting to have the bees here on campus, work with them, and actually observe them as they demonstrate those positive qualities,” Quentin said. “They are such fascinating creatures that it reinforces, for me, that we have an amazing Creator.”
The bee welcoming reception will take place at the hives, located near the campus garden. College of the Ozarks Purchasing Director and resident bee expert Kurt McDonald will deliver the brood of approximately 32,000 bees and assist the students, along with S of O Headmaster Brad Dolloff, with placing them in the hives. Spectators are welcome to watch at a safe distance.
For several weeks, 20 S of O students have gone through beekeeping training. Ten of the students will tend to the bees on a weekly basis. The other ten will take care of designing labels and preparing a marketing plan for the honey. If all goes well, the students will have their first honey harvest in the fall. They will then process and bottle the honey for the public to purchase at one of the campus gift shops.
“The arrival of our bees has created quite a ‘buzz’ among our students, if you’ll pardon the pun,” quipped Mr. Dolloff. “I’m excited to see what our students will learn from this project. As we study bees and their behavior, we find that there is an application from the nature of bees to every academic discipline.”
The bees have created quite a stir in more than one way. Students have done more than learn the basics of tending the bees and constructing the hives. Every class has incorporated a characteristic of bees into a lesson during their most recent units. The geometry class, which is now studying regular polygons, has focused on the design of the honeycomb structure, naturally formed by bees in a regular hexagon shape. Geometry students have since created posters explaining the design features and how they relate to geometry. The posters will be on display at the bee welcoming reception.
During the S of O Founder’s Friday Assembly, biblical worldview instructor Mr. Kyle Rapinchuck will present to students, “The BEE-atitudes,” (officially known as the Beatitudes) eight blessings described by Jesus during his Sermon on the Mount as written in book of Matthew.
School of the Ozarks is a college preparatory lab school for grades 9-12 operated by College of the Ozarks. The S of O vision mirrors the College’s vision “to develop citizens of Christ-like character, who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic.”