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Students Learn About Nature when 20,000 Bees Hit Playground

Thousands of bees lived dormant near a school, until a storm destroyed their home. Thousands of bees lived dormant near a school, until a storm destroyed their home.

When storms recently split open a tree housing tens of thousands of bees, elementary students in Hurst, Texas decided they wanted to save them.

On Tuesday beekeepers relocated the large beehive, which was located in a field behind Hurst Hills Elementary, not too far from a playground.

Samantha Boyer's fifth-grade class made the beehive a project.

"We've been able to come out and cautiously bring them nearby so they can see a four-foot honeycomb in the wild," she said. "It's exciting for a grownup, much less a child."

Nobody wanted to get stung, but the school children said they didn't want the bees killed, either.

"We would die without them pollinating everything, and you want them to pollinate everything," one student said.

"We should save them, because a lot of them are disappearing," another student said.

The fifth-graders arranged for some beekeepers to come out and move the hive.

The experts puffed a small amount of smoke into the hive and started up a vacuum.

The bees were sucked into a padded box and moved safely outside the city.

Most of the onlookers kept a safe distance, except for one curious boy and a TV crew member who got a little too close to the action.

The bees were relocated, but experts said this is bee season, and the insects can turn up anytime, anywhere.

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