By Karen Huwe
The Times 

The Waitsburg Beekeeping Club is the school's newest and sweetest program

An example of how new clubs and activities for students can come from the tsalents and interests found in the school faculty.


March 30, 2023

Karen Huwe

Mark & Eleanora Montgomery watch as Olivia Duncan constructs a bee box

WAITSBURG-Last fall, Waitsburg School's Superintendent Mark Pickel read an article about getting kids active in programs after the pandemic. The article encouraged schools to utilize faculty and staff members' talents, interests, and expertise to develop new student programs. Pickel contacted preschool teacher Eleanora Montgomery and her husband, Mark, who are skilled beekeepers.

Mark Montgomery grew up in Western Washington, where his father raised bees as a hobby. After graduating from WSU in 1986, he volunteered as an extension agent with a beekeeper's cooperative on the island nation of...

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