A Vermi-Update from Rick Hansen Public
It was great to speak with you at the Eco Fair on Saturday,
as you could tell I was very excited to tell you about our
worms. So as promised, I am sending an email along from the
staff and students at Rick Hansen Public School in Aurora
to let you know how our worms are doing.
We received our Red Wrigglers in February 2013. In anticipation
of the arrival of our new friends, the school held an Adopt-A-Worm
program. Staff and students were asked to purchase pink paper
worms for .25 to help raise money to buy the worms. A total
of 543 paper worms were purchased and hung up throughout the
school. During the Adopt-A-Worm drive, students who purchased
the paper worms even went so far as to give them names.
One classroom was given the job of conducting daily announcements
to encourage the students to help adopt-a-worm, as well as
to educate them by giving out information on the worms. They
did this by researching red wrigglers, coming up with a jingle
and even making an actual commercial for our monthly assembly.
Currently, we have 5 classrooms that have EARNED green bins
dedicated only to worm food. These are a kindergarten classroom,
a grade 1-2, a grade 3, a grade 3-4, and a grade 7-8. These
classrooms must differentiate between what goes in the normal
green bin and what can go in the worm bin. They take their
responsibility for our worms very very seriously.
As a brand new school (which opened in September 2012) it
was important that the worm composter be brought in as quickly
as possible (to get optimum buy-in) and it was important that
the staff and students were educated on the worms and why
we were getting them. I personally went around to classrooms
and spoke about the worms, their habitat, their food needs
and what they would give us if we took good care of them.
Students who were nervous about touching the worms found themselves
holding them, and were even surprised to learn that they had
We are a school of only 275 students, I am asked daily "how
are the worms doing?", "have they had babies?"
and I continue to conduct presentations about our worms, letting
the students hold them, ask questions, and to see how their
hard work and caring has paid off.
have been granted a "Seeds for Change Garden" which
will be implemented in September of 2013, it will be an awesome
thing to be able to use our worm castings to enrich the soil
in our Garden. Yes, we have had our challenges, but I now
know why as I learn more about the cycle of feed and harvest.
The attached photos give you a good view of what our vermiposter
looks like, 4 plastic bins inside a wooden box with wheels
which makes it great for presentations in classrooms. I also
want to add that after my many presentations, students come
running up to me after rain storms to say that they have saved
worms by picking them up off the wet tarmac and putting them
back onto grass or flower beds. The students have a better
understanding of the role worms have in nature and why they
are so important, so they now want to save as many as they
So, we would like to extend our thanks to you and let you
know that Vermiposting is a large part of the Eco culture
at Rick Hansen P.S. in Aurora. The worms are happy, reproducing
and giving us wonderful soil as a result.
Kathleen R. Lacroix
Rick Hansen Public School