Randolph College bee protection efforts earn national designation

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LYNCHBURG, Va. Randolph College is getting national recognition for its commitment to an endangered insect.

The school has earned the "Bee Campus USA" designation. It's the first college in Virginia and ninth in the United States to join the program.

Bee Campus USA recognizes schools that support pollinators, like bees and bats, and highlight their importance to the ecosystem.

Randolph students maintain bee hives in their organic garden.

"We are just recognizing that this is something important to the ecosystem and important to our sustainability," said Randolph College student beekeeper, Sophia Dill.

Native bees are the world's biggest source of pollination, which is how plants reproduce.

Without the process we wouldn't be able to grow many of the foods we eat.