Harris County Humane Society educating Columbus college students on the significance of honeybees

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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – The Harris County Humane Society and local beekeeper Luke Ellerman work together to educate students about the importance of honeybees and why we need to protect them.

They do this through a grant-funded project called The Bee Project. Ellerman and the Humane Society introduced 16 Columbus schools, 1 school in Alabama, the Harris County Library, and the Girl Scouts.

Their presentations teach children about the importance of honeybees as pollinators and more in our ecosystem. Ellerman shows kids things like honeycombs, beeswax, and even a real beehive with a white dot marked as a queen bee.

Executive Director of the Harris County Humane SocietyKathryn Genova said it wasn’t far for the Humane Society to get involved in such a project.

“We see the protection of wildlife and the protection of an important critical pollinator as important,” said Genoa. “Killing a honey bee is just as offensive as mistreating a dog.”

The honey that honeybees make benefits human society in other ways. Local beekeepers give their honey for sale to the Humane Society and the profits go directly back to the society itself.

Luke Ellerman, President of Beekeepers and Host of the Chattahoochee Valley, explained how important it is for students to learn what honeybees do and why it is important that we strive to make a living and the jobs they do .

“You teach them young and then they know they’re not afraid of them, so don’t kill them,” Ellerman said. “And they’re going to call either human society or the beekeepers in the Chattahoochee Valley or a local beekeeper who can bring those bees and move them.”

Ellerman and Genova both emphasized how excited the children are during the presentation.

The project hopes to continue and expand to more schools as the COVID-19 pandemic gets the peach state under control more easily.