Brett Hanson’s AP Literature and English 11 Honors students at Southern Door High School set out to make a difference this school year when they wrote DC LAW, a book dedicated to environmental issues in Door County,
The book is available for purchase online, and so far has raised $1,750.
The students decided to donate that money to the Door County Beekeepers Club.
“The main goal of the project and the book was to show students that they can make a difference,” Hanson said. “And that they can influence people to change things. And as we see from this project today, from the hive, it’s already happening.”
The DCBC decided to use the money to create a community beehive, which was dedicated Thursday, and is located at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.
Max Martin, president of the DCBC, told Local Five that the purpose of the hive is to give the public a chance to learn about beekeeping.
Beekeeping is a hobby that Martin himself has had for 20 years. In recent years, it’s become no secret that bee populations are in trouble. He says that fact makes beekeeping properly all the more important.
“Some beekeepers buy a package of bees, they just put them in their hives, then they just ignore them,” Martin said. “We really can’t do that and expect the bees to survive.”
For anyone nervous around bees, Martin says this is a good hive to get comfortable around,
“This particular hive, this queen is a very mellow queen,” he said. “It’s probably more mellow than any hive I’ve had in the 20 years I’ve been beekeeping.”
Anyone interested in visiting the community bee hive, or learning how to beekeep can contact the DCBC.