As many of you know, Pi Day is just a week away! To get into the spirit of Pi Day, which is March 14, we spoke to Mrs. Melody Cesare, who takes Pi very seriously. Mrs. Cesare goes all out on Pi Day, but, before we get into that, you have to know what Pi is. Pi is the number you get when you divide the circumference of a circle by the diameter of a circle. No matter how small or large the circle is, when you divide the perimeter by the diameter (if you measure correctly), you should get about 3.14. Don't bother trying to figure out the entire number, it goes on forever!
Now that we cleared that up, we can move on to Mrs. Cesare's enthusiastic celebration of Pi Day; contests, all kinds of contests. The biggest contest is to see which one of her students can memorize the most digits of Pi. One student in particular memorized 160 numbers! That is a lot of Pi. Another contest involves all the math teachers wearing T-shirts with a digit of Pi on the back and the students put the teachers in the order of Pi. There is also a poster contest. The students are encouraged to make creative posters using Pi. The most creative posters win a prize. The prizes are medals, free homework passes and prizes that have been donated by local businesses like Subway, Applebee's and Friendly's, and a Pi-embroidered T-shirt.
Mrs. Cesare has also been emailing a friend in Germany, who is writing a book about who can memorize the most digits of Pi. Some of Mrs. Cesare's students will be in the book. Nice!
The yummiest part of Pi Day is the Pi Day party! Students bring in all kinds of desserts that are round, like cookies, doughnuts, cupcakes, cakes, and yes, pies, no pun intended. Mrs. Cesare's favorite part of Pi Day, besides all the round desserts, is seeing all of the children reciting the digits of Pi.