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West Orange Schools Celebrate 'Pi' Day

Cynthia Cumming

Monday, March 24, 2014 • 11:02pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Friday, March 14 schools across West Orange celebrated the annual "Pi Day."  Pi (π) is the16th letter of the Greek alphabet and is used to represent a mathematical constant with a number of 3.14. It's an infinte decimal that has no end, and it is described as "the ratio of a circumference of a circle to its diameter". What better day to celebrate Pi than on 3/14, which, incidentally, happens to be the birthday of  Albert Einstein, the Father of Relativity.

Edison Middle School math teacher Eric Mains and The Edison Math Club hosted a variety of fun activities during the week of March 10 to learn about Pi in different activities. A competition was held to see who could memorize the most digits of Pi, with some students getting up to 195.

EMS took their annual Pi celebration quite literally on March 14, with the winners of a raffle having the opportunity to build "a pi" on the heads of teachers and staff. "Victims" included Principal Xavier Fitzgerald and Math teacher Mains, who coordinated the event. The "pi" was apple, and was said to be quite good.

Students purchased $280 worth of tickets during the week to win a chance to build a "pi" and five winners were chosen from each team. The money that was collected will be donated to the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry.

At West Orange High School, Math teachers dressed in "Pi" shirts, hats, and costumes on March 14.

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