Saving the Bees, A Dinner at a time


Allana Cunha

LAKE MICHIGAN CATHOLIC – To acquire the green cord for graduation in Environmental Club, members must get a certain amount of points, do recycling for a year, and the seniors need to make a project that has to do with helping the environment.

This year, Brianna Allen, senior, and I will be doing a project to help the bees, who are now in the endangered species list.  Bees are responsible for one-third of all the food in the world.  

To put that in perspective, one out of every three bites of food depends on the bees.  To help the bees and the world’s agriculture, Brianna and I will host a dinner with food that is only pollinated by bees, and the proceeds from the dinner will go to an organization that is trying to save them.  

For art class, Brianna is making a bee garden.  This bee garden is made from recycled 2-liter bottles.  

In it, she is planting flowers and herbs that benefit bees the most.  Along with the garden, there is also a bee bath.  

Bee baths are used to (ironically) prevent the bees from drownings.  They give bees a shallow puddle of water to relax and replenish.  

Brianna thought it would be a great idea to do this because she is extremely passionate about the environment, and saving the bees in general.  She is trying to do her part in saving the environment.  

She likes this so much that she also wants the Environmental Club members to make their own bee baths so they can also do their part in preventing bee extinction.

Brianna became very passionate about bees after an art project that she did her junior year. For this project, she had to do much research about bees and thought it would be a great way to show the environmental problem that this world would have if the bees went extinct.

“I started with researching conflicts of the world, to try to make a statement with my artwork.  At first, I was going to go in a political direction, or try to make something that had to do with women’s rights, but then I researched the many environmental problems in the world, and I stumbled upon the bee extinction issue”

Mrs. Jasper-Stump, the club advisor, , also thinks that this project is a great way to help the bees.

“I think that this is a good project to bring attention to the declining bee population. It is a big undertaking, but I think the girls will do a great job and help local beekeepers with upkeep of their hives.”

Though the date for the dinner has not been scheduled yet, Brianna, Mrs. Jasper-Stump, and I are hoping on hosting the dinner some day in the Spring.  This way the fruits will be sweeter and the vegetables will be in season.  

We hope that many attend this event and help us get the bees out of the endangered species list.