Monday, August 15, 2016 09:00 AM


Plants in various shades of green and a rainbow of flowers decorate a small wooden enclosure in front of the Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church. The garden may look like decorative, but it serves a bigger purpose: to pollinate.

Girl Scout Olivia Loyack planted the pollinator garden – one of three in the area – as part of her Gold Award project titled “The Plight of the Honey Bee.” She wants to change how people think about bees in their backyards and educate others about how sustaining them is vital to the ecosystem.

“I want them to learn that anyone can make a pollinator garden,” said Loyack, 17. “It’s something anyone can do. And also to know that one person can make a lot of change.”

Loyack is a rising senior at Cary High School and has been a Girl Scout for nearly 10 years. She decided to earn a Gold Award – the most prestigious award that can be earned as a Girl Scout. Only about 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award, which requires a minimum of 80 hours of work, all combined with extensive research and community education.

Loyack learned at school that the bee population is dwindling, and after ...

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