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Photo Story: Hellgate celebrates Pi Day Friday before spring break
Hellgate math teacher Alexandra (Zandy) Startin poses in front of some of the 628 pies she secured for Hellgate students to celebrate Pi Day.
Ali Caudle, Co-Editor
Hellgate math teacher Alexandra Startin loves Pi Day. An annual celebration of the mathematical constant π, it falls on March 14, representing the approximation of 3.14.
In 2021, March 14 was a Sunday over spring break, so Startin decided to round down a little further and celebrate the Friday before break. In an effort to bring Pi Day to the halls of Hellgate, she worked with fellow math teacher Michelle Beatty to organize an end of the day celebration.
To avoid sharing open food during the COVID-19 pandemic, Startin went the route of mini, individually packaged pies. She applied for and received a small grant to purchase pies for students. Principal Judson Miller gave her some additional funds, and she set out to find as many mini pies as possible.
After many phone calls to Walmart and an afternoon of driving around town, Startin managed to round up 628 mini pies — 3.14 doubled and multiplied by 100, of course.
These pies were laid out in the lower commons at the end of the day Friday. As students flocked out the doors on their way to spring break, they stopped by to pick up their pie.
Scroll down or click through the slideshow at the top to check out photos from the event.