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The fact that 'Pi', the mathematical concept, sounds the same as 'Pie', the pastry, sparks the imagination

DAVID F. ASHTON - Here, behind the whipped cream, is Holy Family Catholic School teacher Anne Marie Ulring - just pied by kindergarten student Hannah Beehler, on the Eastmoreland schools first annual Pi Day. Students attending Holy Family Catholic School in the Eastmoreland neighborhood were looking forward to their first-ever "Pi Day".

"Our fun fifth grade teacher, Ms. Abby Dankoff, has had an amazing tradition of holding 'Pi Day' long before she came to teach at Holy Family," said the school's Principal Joe Galati.

The concept is simple: the student in her class that can name the most digits of the infinite number sequence of "Pi" (3.1415926535 ... you get the idea) receives the pleasure of putting a pie in her face on "Pi Day", 3.14 (March 14). Since "Pi Day" fell on a Sunday this year, Ms. Dankoff asked the staff if they were up for participating in a Pi Day Challenge on Friday, two days before. Each teacher selected a student by a method of their own choosing.

Then, on March 12, all staff and students who attended the school in-person that day gathered outside, after a fire drill, and watched as one student from each classroom got to put a pie into their teacher's face. Students at home were provided a link to watch it live as well…as a mathematical principle was reduced to flung pastry.

Another Holy Family teacher, Ms. Weiler, joined in the festivities.

"The bonus this year is that we got to wear masks, so our noses and mouths were protected against getting full of whipped cream," observed Weiler. "My eyes, however, were full of whipped cream, and my hair is sticky. "I am very thankful to work at a place where we get to throw some fun into our schedules," he grinned, while toweling off.


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