Alum Brandon Reynolds stands in pollinator garden with students and teacher showing the X with their arms crossed
2 bee hives made of natural wood

The Bomber Bees have arrived! Two honeybee colonies have been set up on the campus of St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati), with the help of Brandon Reynolds ’10 and Bill Schlater. Starting this summer beekeeper Reynolds has been teaching students in the St. X Environmental Action Club how to care for the hives. This is a continuation of the Laudato Si Community initiative brought forth by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati at the inspiration of the Pope.

St. Xavier High School was officially named a Laudato Si Community by the Catholic Social Action office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on October 4, 2020. None of this would be possible without the great work of the Laudato Si committee.

These honeybees (Apis mellifera) are gentle foragers that do not sting unless provoked--unlike predatory wasps and hornets. These honeybees will provide many valuable services, including pollinating local plants, educating students about social insects, and hopefully delicious honey! 

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