Coleman Middle School getting bee colony

Published: May. 2, 2017 at 7:38 AM CDT
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You may hear some buzzing around Coleman Middle School. The school will be the first in the state to get a colony of bees.

That colony will teach students about healthy eating habits and entrepreneurship.

The bees are set to arrive Tuesday morning. They will include as many as 30,000 bees and a queen.

They'll go to a science classroom so they can help pollinate the school's vegetable garden.

They will stay in a glass enclosure so students can study the hive.

Coleman's principal says it will be a great learning experience for students.

"We were looking at things we could do to add onto the garden and two of the things that popped up were either bees or chickens," said 7th Grade Science Teacher Jared Hall. "Southeast is doing chickens at their school, and we're doing bees over here, so it looks like you've got the best of both worlds here in Wichita."

The school has already found partners with Whole Foods and Churn and Burn to sell the honey they produce.