The Pre-Kindergarten Bee Project was a very successful venture for our students. They learned about recycling, sustainability, and the process of gardening. In addition, they worked collaboratively to create an object to depict our theme. This project was unique to Hutchison because we are known as the “Honeybees” throughout the Memphis community. The availability of our garden and farm located on our campus is another unique aspect of our project. Our horticulturist, Meggan Meakin, has guided us with an informational talk and video about bee pollination, the creation of honey, and the planting of biodegradable milk cartons for the garden. The girls learned that planting in these cartons, collected from our dining hall, could be an example of recycling and repurposing materials. The girls loved the idea of providing flowers for pollination and nectar to create honey in our bee hive at the farm. The project they chose to create was a “giant bee” to use additional milk cartons to learn STEM skills of measuring, estimating, and counting the number of cartons they would need. They made plans to collect the cartons, to construct the project, and to produce a video documenting our project. Finally, the girls actively planted the flowers in the garden space and determined the materials needed in order to produce healthy, vibrant flowers for the bees.
Recycling of everyday materials taught valuable lessons in sustainability of our earth while repurposing containers we use every day. This process and project also encouraged the importance of recycling in their homes while eating and drinking healthy and nutritious foods and beverages.