As a new school year begins we want to welcome all the new students and their families to Orlando Junior Academy. To those students who are returning to OJA we say “Welcome back!” We hope that the summer has been as good for you as it has been for our garden. While much of the country has suffered serious drought, we have been blessed with enough rain to keep our plants green, healthy and growing. Here is a picture of one of our pineapple plants whose fruit will be ripening soon.
Pineapples have been a symbol of welcome and friendly hospitality in America since colonial times. This beautiful fruit, native to the western hemisphere and new to European colonists, was often displayed on dining tables decorated specially for guests. It later found its way into the architectural and decorative details of homes whose owners wanted to show a sense of warmth and generosity to their community. Our fourth graders will learn more about this as they discuss our country’s early days in their history lesson this month. Some of our middle school students will be learning about pineapples from a different perspective. They will be studying the Fibonacci sequence as revealed in nature. If you have little experience with Fibonacci numbers or are still convinced that gardening has little to do with math and science, click here and prepare to have your mind blown.