Promoting Global Worming

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Local business owner, Renee Lamance donated a worm bin to be used for study in teacher Emily Willey’s second grade science unit at The Learning Center.


Local masseuse and yoga teacher, Renee Lamance didn’t hesitate to give back to her community when she heard about an unusual request. Lamance, who owns Soul Therapy Massage & Bodywork in Murphy, donated a worm bin to The Learning Center! Charter School when she heard from teacher Emily Willey about an intriguing study unit she was proposing for her 2nd grade students.

“We are beginning an interdisciplinary unit on worms,” said Willey. “The worm unit ties in reading, writing, language arts, math, agriculture, and environmental studies that will weave in and out of the curriculum over the next couple of months.” Willey’s students will be experimenting with vermiculture – the cultivation of earthworms and their by-products for composting.

The addition of the new worm bin, donated by Lamance, will enable students to house the worms for study, conduct experiments, and make observations to learn the importance of worms to soil. Students will also learn how to meet the needs of worms in our environment.  For example, worms need moist soil away from light to thrive. The new worm bin will be housed in the classroom so students can observe how they eat and burrow. The carefully monitored environment will provide the right conditions for worms to thrive.

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Renee Lamance, owner of Soul Therapy Massage & Bodywork, pictured with her dog, Kodi. Lamance donated a worm bin for study at The Learning Center.


This unit will tie into the school’s Earth Day lessons on reducing, reusing, and recycling. Said Willey, “The worm bin not only provides an excellent habitat for redworms, but they eat our food scraps, thus providing us with nutrient rich castings for our school garden.”

The school thanks Renee Lamance for her donation and support of education in our community.

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