One could say a seed was planted when Vanessa Tran chose a random topic for an 8th grade essay assignment a few years ago. She got to work researching the dwindling population of bees and how important they are to the ecosystem. The statistics astounded her as she learned about their contribution and common misconceptions. Thus the ‘pollination’ of a new passion.
Now a sophomore and member of Jenison High School’s student council, Vanessa decided to speak up and take the opportunity to lead a social awareness campaign. The student council committee has embraced her vision, spent months preparing their messages and tactics; and have recently launched their multiple platforms for spreading the word.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13
Enjoy a great family night of fun and information to learn how you can BEE THE CHANGE!
Family movie night with concession sales (Showing Bee Movie and Spider Man Homecoming)
Local beekeeper Q&A conversations during the evening
Donation opportunities to help JHS build two hives to support a healthy, local bee population in partnership with Post Family Farm.
Their primary goal is based on the fact that knowledge is power. Education and awareness is necessary for making change happen. The students have engaged social media tools to spread their message as far and wide, and as quickly as they can. With community involvement, they hope to spread awareness to over 10,000 students, parents, and leaders across West Michigan. Their message is simple: Bee a good neighbor and help save our pollinator friends! Check out their newsfeeds and join the conversation!
- Jenison Saves the Bees Website (online giving and more information)
- Instagram: jhssavethebees
Facebook: Jenison Save The Bees
The media community has taken notice as well. Check out local news coverage of the campaign: WWMT
This week, the students have also shared a goal of fundraising. The money raised will give them the opportunity to build two new bee hives to support a healthy, local bee population. These hives will be located at and maintained by the Post Family Farm.
Projects like these are so exciting as student council initiatives are almost completely student run, outside of school hours. I’m continuously impressed by our student body and their willingness to support other people’s passions. I hope you will support them in learning more and get involved in making our world a sweeter place!
It’s not surprising that they are well on their way to meeting their goal! They have been selling Post Family Farm donuts, tee shirts and buttons.
Students are using memes to spread quick bites of education.