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March 15, 2013

Timberlane celebrates pi with pie

Timberlane students enjoy math fundraiser

By Alex Lippa
alippa@eagletribune.com

---- — PLAISTOW — March 14 may seem like an ordinary day on the calendar, but not at Timberlane Regional High School.

That’s because it was Pi Day, when students recognize the first three digits of the number that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

To celebrate, Math Honor Society students sold pie throughout the school day yesterday. Kids came flooding in to a classroom for slices of banana, apple, strawberry and many other kinds of pie. It was $1 a slice, $5 for a whole pie.

“It’s our biggest event of the year,” senior Gunnar Ericsson said. “It brings in profit for us and makes us be able to do a lot of things”

Students from all classes were encouraged to bring in purchased pies for the fundraiser and some even had incentive to do so. Math teachers offered extra credit to students who brought in pies.

Senior Nick Dionne, vice president of the Math Honor Society, estimated that more than 1,000 pies were donated for the fundraiser. He didn’t expect to sell all of them, but any leftovers go to the Emmaus House in Haverhill and to St. Anne’s Church in Hampstead.

The society hoped sales would rival those of last year, when they raised $2,400, the most ever. All money raised goes toward scholarships and honor society funds.”

“It’s one of those fundraisers that gives back to all of the kids,” said teacher Lorainne Mascioli, advisor to the Math Honor Society. “Everyone gets a piece of the pie, so to speak.”

The money hadn’t been counted yet, but the favorite pie was clear.

“We are all out of chocolate pies,” Dionne said. “We had 300 to start with and they were sold out by noon.”

Dionne received permission to take miss classes yesterday to organize the fundraiser. He said he loves looking at people’s faces when they walk through the door.

“Everyone can’t believe how much pie we have,” he said. “Their eyes light up.”

Mascioli said the fundraiser started in 2000, after math teacher Dan Ketcham died with cancer. The scholarship is named after Ketcham.

“He embodied a very giving attitude,” she said. “I feel like he’s smiling down on us that we keep going.”

But Mascioli said the passion of the students was what made it special. Students set up the classroom after school Wednesday, decking the walls with the pi symbol and putting pi facts and riddles throughout the classroom.

For senior Emily Swanson, it was just another activity which shows the spirit of Timberlane students.

“It’s nice to help out and it kind of brings us all together as a society,” she said. “Everyone wears their math T-shirts and it’s just a fun day.”