"I think you learn more when you're having fun."
Phyllis Grimm has taught thousands of school children how to appreciate the crawly and slithery creatures in our world. She's so good at what she does, she's become known simply as 'Grandma Bugs.'
"My granddaughter named me 'Grandma Bugs' because I had aquatic insects in my fridge. Doesn't everybody?"
Grandma Bugs has been volunteering her services for the past 15 years. She travels to classrooms, 4-H clubs, Scout troops, and even nursing homes sharing stories from the bug kingdom. While teaching about insects, she stresses the importance of water quality, environmental health, and being kind to Mother Earth.
At age 78, Grandma Bugs plans to continue her one-woman show-and-tell program as long as there are kids willing to turn over a rock to see what's lurking beneath it.
As far as her favorite bug, like every good grandmother, Grandma Bugs says, "I loves them all."
SELECTED CHARITY: Balsam Branch Partnership, & Apple River Association, Inc.