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Have you heard the buzz? Pawleys Island charter school invites in bees

Coastal Montessori Charter School joins The Bee Cause project to support honey bees. (Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

They usually make people scream and run for the hills, but one Pawleys Island school has actually invited them in.

It's the latest buzz - bees in schools, and they've sure captivated the students' attention.

"I think they're really awesome," said Jahzlyn Smith, student at Coastal Montessori Charter School. "I like that we get to observe them at our school."

The outdoor creatures now live inside the library at the Coastal Montessori Charter School.

"Initially, they were pretty shocked that we allowed bees in a school because bees typically mean, 'Oh no, run! Watch out for the bees!'" said Nathalie Hunt, Coastal Montessori Charter School Director. "We wanted them to know that indeed bees are really important."

Students learn first hand that bees pollinate fruits and vegetables and they dance to communicate.

Students spend time watching the bees 'waggle' and searching for the queen bee.

The school hopes their bee project will help with the declining population of honey bees.

But, for schools considering their own observational beehive, the stingers can be a sticking point.

At Coastal Montessori, students learn that instead of being aggressive, these bees mind their own beeswax.

"I used to kinda be scared of bees because bees sting," said Gracie Prince, a student. "After seeing the hive I think they're really cool."

"You provide opportunities to discover and learn and then when they see bees, they may not kill them," explained Hunt.

Coastal Montessori received the bee hive as a pay-it-forward gift from a charter school in Mt. Pleasant, and in turn gave a hive to Brookgreen Gardens.

If you're interested in supporting honey bees through the Bee Cause Project, visit http://www.thebeecause.org/

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