Pineapple project a welcoming symbol at FMIS

Fourth grade teacher Sharon Phillips, at FMIS, has her students participate in a welcoming activity each year.  The students learn about the history of the pineapple.  The Carib Indians would offer pineapple as a gesture of friendship and hospitality.  In colonial America, innkeepers would put the pineapple on their sign as a symbol of hospitality.  Phillips' class also ate some pineapple as she welcomed each to the fourth grade.  Each student interviewed another classmate and then wrote a paragraph introducing themselves to the class.  This was a great way to get to know each other during the first week of school.