For all the math lovers out there, Happy Fibonacci Day! On this day we celebrate Leonardo Bonacci—also known as Fibonacci, an Italian mathematician that was considered to be one of the most talented Western mathematicians of the Middle Ages. The day is celebrated on November 23 because of the Fibonacci sequence: 1,1,2,3… The sequence is created from the sum of the two numbers prior in the sequence. For example, 1+1=2, 2+1=3, 3+2=5…  

Fibonacci’s sequence occurs in nature and is a great example of how math applies to the real world for our students, for example, the petal arrangements in flowers, the ordering of leaves in plants and the shell of the nautilus can all correspond to the sequence.

We know that being behind in math is one of the signs that a student is off track to reach graduation career or college ready. City Year AmeriCorps member tutors and mentors step in to help in these instances and showing examples of how math is applicable to real life is a way to make it relevant and exciting for the students we serve. 

Fibonacci’s code is also an example of how something impressive can grow from small seed. When a seed is planted underneath the soil, it usually starts by growing into a small seedling, it starts growing out more branches, and then more leaves. It has the ability to keep growing more and more.

At City Year, this is how we believe that change works. An AmeriCorps member’s individual impact might not seem large at first, but helping to inspire a student can empower that student to create change for themselves and others. Confidence in math class can grow into a branch of self-confidence outside of the classroom. An empowered student can grow branches of change for a classroom, school, family, community or generation. It maybe started with one seed that an AmeriCorps Member planted during school, but it can keep growing day by day, with more the branches and more blossoms.

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