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Creating a Buzz about the Importance of Bees

PSEG Long Island helps local Northport Girl Scout with Gold Award Project

(UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Jan. XX, 2020) – In balancing its commitment to the consistent, safe delivery of power for its customers with its commitment to being a good environmental steward, PSEG Long Island has awarded Caroline Hines, a Suffolk County Girl Scout from East Northport, with a $200 donation towards her Girl Scout Gold Award project to educate the community about the declining bee population. 

 “PSEG Long Island is proud to support the future of Long Island by helping students like Caroline educate others on the importance of protecting the environment,” said Rick Walden, vice president of Customer Services, PSEG Long Island. “Bees are an integral part of the environment. They pollinate the beautiful plants and flowers that absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen from their leaves.”

 The Helping Kids Help Bees project will educate the community about the declining bee population and the importance of and what to plant to attract and support bees. Hines is creating videos and activity sheets that will teach children how to create bee boxes and what plants to grow to attract bees.

“Bees are dying. Colony collapse, pesticides, and human interference are killing bee colonies off by the thousands,” said Hines. “Something as simple as planting a flower garden outside will help bees find a safe, local food source. I am grateful to PSEG Long Island for supporting my project.”

 For more information about bees and what can be done to help bees Hines created the YouTube channel, Bees With Girl Scout Caroline. The videos are kid-friendly.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is presented to seniors and ambassadors who tackle issues that are important to them and drive lasting change in the community. The Gold Award is for the elite few that strive to take “make the world a better place” to the next level.  A Gold Award Girl Scout’s achievements prime her for the fast track when it comes to college admissions, and make her an outstanding candidate for academic scholarships and other financial awards. 

Photo Caption: Suffolk County Girl Scout Caroline Hines (left, foreground), of Northport, received $200 from PSEG Long Island to help complete her Gold Award project educating the community about the importance of bees. She is joined by (l. to r.) Yvonne Grant, president of the Suffolk County Girl Scouts; Elizabeth Flagler of PSEG Long Island; fellow Girl Scout Hailey Van Cott; and Brian Kurtz and Pete Hornick of PSEG Long Island.


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