Jenison students to host bee awareness event

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GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Members of the Jenison High School Student Council are hosting an event this weekend to raise awareness of the importance of bees.

Council members will host a fundraiser and movie night at 6-11 p.m. Saturday at the Jenison  High School’s media center, according to a press release.

Larry Borst, local beekeeper and teacher at Grand Rapids Christian Schools, will be featured at the event. Organizers will show “Bee Movie” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”  Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

The students hope the program will raise $1,000 to build two hives to give to Post Family Farms, west of Hudsonville.  

Organizers say the event is part of a larger social action campaign, which includes spreading information on social media.

“In 8th grade, I studied the importance and impact of bees for a school essay, and was surprised that they weren’t a larger part of the conversation in our community,” said Vanessa Tran, sophomore at Jenison High School and leader for the Save The Bees Committee. “Ever since, I told myself I would do something about it. This year in student council, I was given the opportunity to lead a committee to do just that, so I took it.”

Organizers noted the bee population has dropped dramatically in recent years. Commercial beekeepers have reported about 30 percent of honey bee colonies are lost each winter, which is about three times more than the historical average, according to Ohio State University.

More information about the event can be found online.

***Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Jenison. 

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