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Beehive Project at Northland Pines Middle SchoolSubmitted: 02/13/2014
Story By Matt Brooks

Beehive Project at Northland Pines Middle School
EAGLE RIVER - More bees will be coming to the Northwoods this Spring, in Eagle River to be exact.

Northland Pines Eighth graders have been working hard to create beehives to house honey bees.

The project was initially started as a way of involving kids with science and the community.

Technology students used computer software to plan and create the structure of the hives.

Art students created exterior designs by painting the outsides of the honey bee homes.

"Well I was looking for a project to have the students engage in real science on school grounds," said Eighth Grade Science Teacher Todd Wilfer. "That led me to find out that there is no community resource for honey bees in Vilas County and that's how the program ultimately developed".

Safety precautions are in place to protect both the bees and students.

The beehives will be placed in a fenced-off enclosure 8 feet high as well as 20 feet long and wide.

Furthermore, the hives will be placed a distance of 200 yards away from the school.

When time comes to extract honey, students will don protective bee-keeping suits to minimize stings.

"If we have a nice warm Summer, the bees will flourish and we should have enough honey to draw off of the hive in Fall," said Wilfer. "That honey is planned to be distributed back to our bee sponsors from the Adopt-a-Bee program".

The school notes that it has EpiPens and staff trained to use them for any allergy emergencies.

The honey bees are set to arrive at Northland Pines Middle School sometime this April.


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