Thursday, March 14, 2013: Pi and Pie Day

WHEREAS, in honor of Pi Day, a day noted by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14, we celebrate the bounty of opportunity for food and agriculture businesses in Michigan and the role education plays in growing this sector; and,

WHEREAS, Pi is a mathematical constant for the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter and is an infinite number, often limited to 3.14; with the help of technology, Pi has been calculated to more than 1 trillion non-repeating digits; and,

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 in college, and in the workplace as well; and,  

WHEREAS, math and science play fundamental roles in food and agriculture career tracks such as large animal veterinary medicine, epidemiology, food safety, microbiology and more; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to encourage students to learn about Pi and to honor Michigan farmers by enjoying a piece of Pure Michigan pie;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Thursday, March 14, 2013 as Pi and Pie Day in Michigan.