Thursday, June 19, Loveland Intermediate School (LIS) and Loveland Middle School (LMS) students participating in the debut Tigers’ Adventures In Learning (TAIL) summer enrichment program enjoyed one sweet field trip – a visit to the Honey House! Business partners Marion Ackman and Andrew Kartal have a combined 82 years of beekeeping experience, and took time to teach the students why bees are so important for crop pollination.
“This was a culmination of the week's reading activities,” said Carol Huxhold, LMS intervention specialist and TAIL teacher. “The students read nonfiction books about beekeeping, The Case of the Disappearing Honeybees, a current event article, and they researched the topic on the internet. So, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to learn directly from such experienced beekeepers.”
Kartal is a retired bee inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture. Honey House is in operation at Marion's residence.
More than 100 students were selected to participate in the district’s debut TAIL summer enrichment program. The program runs Monday through Thursday and lasts five weeks during June and July.
Photo caption: Andrew Kartal shows Loveland TAIL students the proper way to handle bees.