Gavin Covert, 6, makes a beaded bracelet and ticks off dozens of digits for the mathematical symbol pi, which is used to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximately 3.1415. DAYLINA MILLER/TRIBUNE
NEW PORT RICHEY — At schools, libraries and community centers around the world, children and teens celebrated March 14, known as Pi Day, with crafts and activities related to the mathematical symbol. Friday’s festivities center around a pun for “pi ,” or the Greek letter “π,” the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. It sounds like “pie” so many of the events center around the beloved dessert on the 14 of March or “3/14.” Pi Day is even recognized by the federal government. U.S. House Resolution 224, passed in 2009, lists a variety of reasons to honor Pi Day, including “mathematics and science can be a fun and interesting part of a child’s education, and learning about Pi can be an engaging way to teach children about geometry and attract them to study science and mathematics.” The New Port Richey Public Library took the opportunity to use the festivities as a fundraiser since it fell on the first day of spring break for Pasco students. For a $2 donation, children, teens and parents could throw a pie at the face of one of several of the library’s staff members, including Jessica Meredith, the youth service’s librarian.
“It’s helping us raise money for the summer reading program, which starts June 16,” Meredith said. “We will have free movies, crafts, after-hours laser tag, a cooking competition and prizes for reading. It’s to get kids and teens to read while they’re out of school.” The library event also offered free pizza samples from Papa Murphy’s, the Fit Phantom mascot of the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center and an opportunity to make a beaded necklace with colors corresponding dozens of pi’s digits. Mialesa Telymonde, a local cottage baker, sold miniature pies and taught youngsters how to make organic pie crust. According to piday.org, “Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits. You can reach Daylina at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 815-1067(727) 815-1067. Follow her on Twitter at @DaylinaMiller.