Catholic school students learn about beekeeping

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School students learn about beekeeping during the worldwide Outdoor Classroom Day.


From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Students and staff at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School recently took learning outside for the worldwide Outdoor Classroom Day.

While most of the middle school students were engaged in a wide array of outdoor learning at Camp Don Lee, the pre-K through fourth-graders found themselves engaged in an active presentation about beekeeping.

It’s no secret that the school’s students love their playground but on this particular day, the playground became their classroom. Parent and beekeeper Mike Vitale presented students with an overview of his hobby of four years.

There were interesting components of beehives that students were able to safely touch and examine and Vitale’s youngest daughter, Taryn, a first-grader, showed her school friends her beekeeping suit. No presentation to elementary students is complete without a question-and-answer session and OLPH students had dozens of questions.

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global initiative aimed at taking learning outdoors. Although OLPH was the only registered school in Rocky Mount, worldwide there were over 17,000 schools signed up. OLPH plans to participate again on Nov. 7.