Kristine, I thnk that usinf bugs in the classroom to build empathy is a ver creative way to engage our students. For example in my classroom, we raise silkworms, so my students are engaged in the whole life cycle, and they own their roles of leadership and responsibility. I have students cleaning after the silkworms (and they poop a lot), others are in charge of getting them their mulberry leaves, and so on. When we leave for Spring Break most of them want to take them home to care for them. Kristine, you picked an innovative and down to earth great idea for empathy. Thank you!