Project has kindy kids abuzz

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All a-buzz .. Four-year-olds Ruby Oliver (left), Ivor Lees and Jonnadien Corn with the display beehive now on show at the Geraldine Pollination Station, on Talbot St. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Alexia Johnston

Children are buzzing after installing their brightly coloured beehive at Geraldine’s “Pollination Station”.
The children, from Geraldine Kindergarten, took their decorative display beehive to the Pollination Station at the town’s Z service station bee garden, on Talbot St, last week.
The delivery was part of the children’s investigation into the lives of bees.
It was also part of a drive by locals to create bee awareness, Incredible Edible Geraldine co-founder Rebecca Lees said.
“The beehive was decorated by children from Geraldine Kindergarten, as part of their three-month long study of honey bees (Apis mellifera),” she said.
The project was a combined effort between Z Geraldine, Incredible Edible Geraldine and the kindergarten.
Kindergarten teacher Sandra Lambert said installing the display beehive, which does not include live bees, helped people throughout the wider community improve their knowledge.
“We are not just learning about bees – we are helping our community learn more too, by bringing awareness of how important bees are. We’re showing that children are capable leaders in the community, by being involved and sharing their knowledge.”
The hive will remain in the bee garden along with educational signage about the types of flowers honey bees like.