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Dear Parents/Adult People,
In 7th grade ELA, we've been exploring the question "Why Should Americans Eat More Insects?" as part of a unit on persuasive and descriptive writing. We've read and written poems; examined the difference between denotation and connotation; read non-fiction articles about the benefits of eating insects; created Google Slideshows to convince others to jump on the insect bandwagon; examined how word choice affects restaurant menus; and we're about to create menus for our very own edible-insect themed food trucks. 
In celebration of our learning, I have ordered a small number of edible insects for any student volunteers who wish to to sample crickets, grasshoppers, silkworms and/or sago worms. I repeat, the sampling is on a volunteer basis only. 
Please note that anyone with shellfish allergies should not sample crickets. If your child has any food or insect related allergies, he/she is strongly advised against eating insects. 
Also please note that I have ordered the insects through reputable sources that specifically deal with farmed insects. Students have been warned against eating insects found around the house or yard, as they might have been exposed to pesticides or other harmful chemicals.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. And please ask your child about what she/he has learned about eating insects--though maybe not at the dinner table!

Katharine Mitchell