Clear Spring School receives grants for beekeeping program

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Clear Spring School is developing its beekeeping program, where students learn all there is to know about beekeeping.
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The Clear Spring School has received two grants to support and expand their beekeeping program.

A grant from the Whole Kids Foundation “Bee Cause” program supported the costs of moving the bees to the new hands-on learning campus and provided funding for new fencing and a pollinator garden. As part of the Bee Cause grant, the school received an extensive packet of curriculum for our educational project.

An additional grant from the Arkansas Game & Fish Conservation Education Grant Program has provided funding for additional child size bee suits, garden beds and the materials to build three additional bee hives.

“Clear Spring has had the program for a few years but the last two years we have had the benefit of a professional beekeeper, Bethany Ellen Smith of Sedge and Bee Apiary, to help us work with students and teachers,” said Head of School, Jessica FitzPatrick.

This year Bethany will be teaching beekeeping classes at the school as part of the expanded hands-on learning and outdoor education program.

“We are very excited to have Bethany’s expertise and are looking forward to finishing the bee garden so we can move the bees later this fall. Construction has begun on the new fenced-in garden and it should be finished by the start of school on Sept. 1,” FitzPatrick said.

Clear Spring is currently enrolling students and is offering students several educational options for the year that include both in-class and distance learning or a blend of the two. They also have some scholarships available for fall.

For more information about the school or the bee program, call (479) 253-7888 or visit the website at

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