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All about the Pi: Thomson Middle School students and supporters celebrate math

Thomson Middle School sixth graders, teachers, and volunteers celebrated national Pi day last Tuesday in recognition of the number 3.14. The math challenges and math fun helped the students understand the concept of Pi - the ratio of the circumference the diameter of a circle.


A Thomson Middle School student works on a computer during Pi Day last week.

"I'm trying to stress the importance of mathematics and mathematical problem solving in a way the kids can interact with and have fun," said math teacher and Pi participant Felicia Rivers. "The goal of this is also to get the students to think, reason, and communicate mathematically. Pi day builds confidence in their problem solving capabilities, which will help the students in and out of the classroom."

Pi day events consisted of coloring and decorating Pi symbols, watching movies, eating round food, singing songs, making shirts, necklaces, and poems. The teachers also chose a Pi day king and queen which was the boy and girl who memorized the most digits of Pi.

The teachers used Pi day to raise money for the Relay for Life. The class that raises the most quarters will get to hit Principal Claude Powell and math teacher Felicia Rivers with a freshly baked pie.

"I really like Pi day because it's fun, but mostly because it helps Relay for Life. The teachers have worked so hard this last week. I must've seen Ms. Rivers make 30 shirts," sixth grader Zha'Kira Howard said laughingly.


Thomson Middle School students pose for a picture wearing their Pi Day shirts.

As the years progress, the Pi day celebration is getting larger and larger. Pi schools throughout the CSRA, including Riverside and Columbia Middle, also participated in the days festivities.

Pi day started at 1:59 p.m. with an official "Pi" drop which was shown throughout the school via internet.

"I really liked all the round foods. Pi is a very odd number and is very confusing. The best part was trying to remember all the numbers of Pi to be the king," said Adam Bonk. "I didn't do as well as I hoped, but getting 101 numbers like one of my classmates did was very tough."

Pi Day - March 14 - was also the birth date of Albert Einstein, which added extra significance to the afternoon.

Web posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006

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