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11-08-2010, 08:38 AM
This from NY1.com (http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/education/128489/bee-keepers-club-has-uws-students-buzzing/) by Shazia Khan:
Things at York Preparatory School on the Upper West Side have been buzzing.

The sixth to 12th graders are part of a special Bee Keepers Club at the school that's become a new found beehive of activity.

"I saw the group and I thought, well, where else can you do this?" said ninth grader Timothy Kent. "We look after the bees and whenever possible we collect honey and put feeders on..."

York Preparatory School Principal Chris Durnford created the club with help from the founder of the New York City Beekeepers Association, Andrew Cote, after a citywide ban on beekeeping was lifted last April.

"Here in New York City, there are very few opportunities for children to connect to nature," Cote said. "So for them to be able to come up on the roof and work with honeybees is a wonderful opportunity. This is leaps and bounds above reading about it in a book -- just getting your hands dirty, or swollen."

Not only is it a chance to learn science and produce real food, but it also helps the students connect with each other.

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