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School district hoping bees will buzz off

Insects show up to sample kids' food at lunchtime after COVID concerns move meal service from cafeteria to the great outdoors.

Lincoln Elementary School.

Many students would be thrilled to get a “B” on their report card. But not on their sandwich.

Bees, that is. Not “B’s.”

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is having a problem with bees and yellow jacket wasps joining students for lunch outdoors.

Students in the district’s 10 K-5 middle schools, as well as in the magnet schools, are eating outside, to avoid crowded cafeterias during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The district’s chief financial officer, Raphael Obafemi, told the school board’s Finance Committee on Monday that at Lincoln Elementary and at King Arts magnet schools, hungry bees have been a problem.

“When the food is placed outside,” he explained, “the bees smell it and come out.” Kids and teachers do not want to get stung.

Of course, you don’t want an exterminator on hand while children are eating. So Obafemi said the exterminator is now coming before and after lunch, which “seems to be working better.” Or perhaps it seems to “bee” working better.

Sounds like the district deserves an “A” for figuring out what to do. Or, at minimum, a “Bee-plus.”

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Jeff Hirsh

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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