Have the reader of the school’s daily announcements, or perhaps the principal, make a proclamation that today is officially Pi Day throughout the school.
» Consider getting the school in the mood, perhaps with a short clip from the original “American Pie,” or “Lose Yourself (In The Digits)”?
Apply for a grant from local foundations or business coalitions, for funds to use toward your Pi Day celebration. It’s been done successfully by many schools!
» Foundations that have given money for Pi Day include: The Quincy School-Community Partnership (a coalition of 128 businesses, based in Quincy, MA).
Create a school-wide theme each year for Pi Day. Kick it off on the morning announcements, or with well-placed banners.
» Davis M.S. in Hampton, VA decided to emphasize an artistic link with a theme of “Art + Math = Fun Learning.”
Dress up like birthday-boy Albert Einstein on Pi Day, and encourage students to do so, too. Or, use your imagination and dress as Pi… yes, it’s been done.
» As with everything else, you can make it a costume contest… The prize: a pie inscribed with E=mc squared?
Play pi-themed songs over the P.A. system between classes, to get people in the Pi Day spirit. We’re talking about classic hits that relate to Pi Day, as opposed to actual Pi Day carols.
» Dutch Fork H.S. in Columbia, SC played “American Pie” and “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch” over the speakers during passing periods on the big day.
Have all your school’s math teachers wear pi-themed t-shirts, either homemade (pi-dyed?) or purchased. Find a variety of pre-made, pi-themed apparel at www.pidye.com.
» Red River H.S. teachers in Grand Forks, ND sported slogans like “Cow Pi” and “Turkey Pot Pi.”
Show the 1998 independent film, “Pi.” Be sure to screen it yourself first; it’s a rather edgy movie (R-rated) with language, drugs, and a little gore. Probably suited only for college kids or teacher gatherings. Oh, and by the way, it has nothing to do with our beloved number.
» For more information, go to the film’s official Web site.
Sing “Happy Birthday” to Albert Einstein, who was born on a blessed Pi Day in 1879.
» Independent Day School in Tampa, FL chooses the Pi Minute, 1:59, to belt out this tribute.
Send an e-card, or cut out & decorate your own card, to wish someone far away a Happy Pi Day. Here’s the best e-place to do it.
» Or, send Hallmark a note asking them get to work on a line of real Pi Day cards!
Use Pi Day as a reason to go out with your department, perhaps for an evening of pie at a local restaurant-bakery.
» The Dupage County Science Fiction Society holds an outing each year at various restaurants in Wheaton, IL, drawing around 100 folks. It’s open to the public, but they do enforce an interesting dress code: Guests must carry a laptop, calculator, abacus, slide rule, or other math gadgets. All of these must be used in calculating the tip, of course.