Long before colony collapse disorder hit national news, Ted Dennard, lifelong beekeeper and owner of Savannah Bee Company, made it his personal mission to protect these vital creatures. Last week he officially started The Bee Cause Project: a not-for-profit that teaches children the ABCs of honeybees, beekeeping, and the importance of both. The goal of The Bee Cause Project is to put observation hives in 1,000 schools, instilling a sense of responsibility for our environment in our nation's children.
Current non-profits and initiatives surrounding CCD are great for aiding our immediate problems; however, Dennard recognizes the importance of raising future generations of honeybee advocates. He educates children in local and regional classrooms, at science fairs, and on field trips. "I want to raise a generation of kids that know how important the honeybee is," Dennard said. "A generation that when someone says 'bee,' they don't think 'sting' but they think of the wonderful little pollinator and its role in the ecosystem and our lives".
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