Quitman students 'buzzing' about beekeeping

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By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 13, 2019

BROOKS COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Quitman Elementary students are 'bee-ing' cool and learning from a 'sweet' new program.

On Wednesday, the Beekeeping Club presented to the Quitman Brooks County Chamber of Commerce, explaining to members all about their group.

"I was just excited, I was just happy to do it. I didn't care if I got stung, I was just happy to do it," said Todd Huewitt, one of the fifth graders in the Beekeeping Club.

The group of students are learning all about the insects that are so vital to human life.

"If we didn't have no bees, we could only live four years without honey or pollen, because the bees are the ones that help keep us living," Huewitt said.

Organizers with Quitman Elementary School started the group last year, thanks to an anonymous donor. Tammy Akers, speech therapist at the school, said the program is providing great hands-on learning opportunities for the students.

"Kids are just so excited, and they all want to see the little intricate things that they do, the hexagon shapes and how they make the honey," Akers said.

From the hive to harvest, organizers are hoping the program pollinates what could be a lifelong career.

"My daddy said, he told me to do it because he said I could learn a lot more, and he said one day I could make a lot of money off of it and be smart about it," Huewitt said.

Teachers also hope it teaches kids about where their food comes from, and inspires a new appreciation for the important species.

"I think respecting nature, respecting our environment, understanding that everything's not at Walmart, it doesn't magically appear there," Akers said.

Right now, the group has two hives, hoping to add two more. The club hopes to have their first honey harvest this spring.