Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
WHEREAS, studies show that students taking four years of math courses, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and one higher-level course are more likely to succeed not only in college, but in the workplace as well; and,
WHEREAS, it is on this day that we encourage students to learn about Pi, a mathematical constant for the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter; Pi is an infinite number and with the help of technology, has been calculated to more than 1 trillion non-repeating digits past the decimal; and,
WHEREAS, the Greek symbol for Pi (π) was first used in 1706 by Welsh mathematician William Jones, but was made popular in 1737 by Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler; and,
WHEREAS, though Pi is never ending, it is often limited to 3.14, and that is why we celebrate Pi and Pie Day on March 14; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we raise awareness and reiterate the vital roles math and science education play in the lives of our children, but we also encourage Michigan citizens to eat a piece of pie or pot pie made with fresh fruits or vegetables grown right here in our great state;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, March 14, 2012 as Pi and Pie Day in Michigan.