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Multivariable Calculus Class Holds Pi Day Pie Sale

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  • Members of the Multivariable Calculus class sold pie for Pi Day on March 14.

  • Slices of pi were sold for $3.14 as a reference to what pi is commonly rounded to.

  • The class donated all proceeds to the Better Together fundraiser.

  • The class spent weeks planning the sale, with the help of math teacher Mr. Peter Shelburne.

  • Multiple students were allowed a free slice of pie after they successfully recited the required digits.

  • There was an option to earn a free slice of pie if you could recite 35 digits correctly.

  • “It’s a cool thing to memorize,” said senior Nate Wyatt about pi.

  • Posters were hung in the hallway to broadcast the ability for students to earn free pie.

  • Students running the sale played math parodies of popular songs and were dancing along as the sale went on.

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On Thursday, March 14, the Multivariable Vector Calculus class held a pie sale to celebrate International Pi Day. For a period of time before the sale, posters were hung in the hallway to advertise how students could get a free slice. 

During both A and B lunch, slices of apple pie were sold for $3.14 — the number pi is commonly rounded to. There was also an option to recite 35 digits of pi to get a free slice, which multiple people were able to do. 

For the week leading up to the sale, seniors Kaden Nguyen and Nate Wyatt made announcements over the loudspeaker reminding students of the sale, as well as the memorization opportunity. 

Math parodies of popular songs were played during the sale, including “Calculus Rhapsody” and “I Will Derive.”

The proceeds from the sale went towards La Salle’s Better Together fundraiser as a late donation. “I think we calculated we made $44, when you account for the price of the pie itself,” Wyatt said. 

Correction: A previous version of this article stated the sale took place on March 16 when it took place on March 14.

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