Hajek Elementary’s “ObeeWanKenobees” Students Awarded Pollinator Garden
BURLESON, Texas – (Sept. 20, 2017) – Students in the Burleson Independent School District (BISD) are named Grand Prize Winner of the “Bee the Change Summer Pollinator Garden” contest. Hajek Elementary’s “ObeeWanKenobees” team receives a pollinator garden, also known as a pollination station, that includes up to 80 plants to cover an area of 1,000 sq. ft., designed by High Country Gardens Chief Horticulturist, Dave Salman, or American Meadows pollinator plant expert, Mike Lizotte.
The ObeeWanKenobees team includes students Dylan Bomer, Barrett Keegan, Brett Keegan, Daniel Kubala, Andrew Martin, Parker Moncrief, Elijah Sones, and Nykolas Winters.
“I applaud the ObeeWanKenobees team for taking top honors in a national contest that received approximately 1,400 submissions,” Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson said. “These students are bringing their hard work and learning to life, and their efforts benefit all students at Hajek Elementary and the greater Burleson community.”
The winning entry by BISD Chief Academic Innovation Officer Dr. Leslie Bender Jutzi follows:
“Our students competed in the USFIRST.org, FIRST LEGO League, Animal Allies Challenge and focused their research on the Honey bee. After consultation with their Rotary Club Mentor, who is also the former president of the state bee keeping association, their solution to the Animal Allies Challenge was to create a “Pollination Station” (aka, a garden of wildflowers that produce blooms throughout the growing season ) at Hajek Elementary School. They consulted with the Burleson ISD Facilities Team, which confirmed that Hajek would be the optimum location for such a garden because of the space available, native grasses, etc. As a result of their extensive research on the Honey bee during the FLL Animal Allies Challenge, and as a result of their programming skills, these students won the “Champions Award” at the FIRST LEGO League competition, and they now seek your support to implement their solution, a Pollination Station at Hajek Elementary School in Burleson, Texas.”
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