Outside the Longview High School facility, near the 'CAT' building, is a classroom for horticulture science students. Inside that classroom are two boxes, or hives, full of honey bees. That's where one could find Rachel Taylor and her student Addy Todd.
"I just think it's important for the kids to know where the food comes from and how bees play an aspect to that," Taylor said.
At first, beekeeping started out as a hobby for one Longview resident. Dr. John Ross, a dentist, raised bees and in his spare time, he'd share his knowledge of the insects to students.
The high school made beekeeping part of the agriculture curriculum. The class has been around for more than six months and it didn't take long for Todd to gain a new found respect for bees.
"I'm just really glad that we have a teacher [Taylor] in here that knows about what she's doing and actually cares about it," Todd said.
Besides providing insight into the important world of the honey bee, Todd said beekeeping has its sweet benefits.
"The honey we have here has tasted better than the honey that we buy from the store," Todd said.
Longview High School has hopes for students to start participating in beekeeping competitions and possibly sell honey as well.
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