Small Seward County School Holds Last Christmas Program

The last Class-One country school in Seward County will close its doors for good in May. On Tuesday night, the school in tiny Bee, Nebraska hosted its final Christmas program, ever. Christmas programs are breaking out all over this time of year, but the one in Bee was special.

Since the early 1900's, kids in rural Seward county have been educated in the small brick school-house in Bee, just north of Seward. Enrollment used to reach around 50. This year, there are 'nine' children in kindergarten through the 8th-grade. And it's because of those dwindling numbers that the school is closing. However, the tiny gym was full of emotion as Bee students put on a honey of a Christmas show.

The Bee students will now move onto school in Seward or East Butler. And by the way, if you're wondering how Bee got its name, it doesn't have anything to do with insects. Back in the day, it was simply labelled voting precinct “B”, and the name stuck.