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.