March 14, 2017: Pi and Pie Day

WHEREAS, in honor of Pi Day, a day noted by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14, we have the opportunity to celebrate the bounty of opportunity for food and agriculture businesses in Michigan and the role education plays in growing this sector; 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 a fundamental role in food and agriculture career tracks such as large animal veterinary medicine, epidemiology, food safety, food science, metrology, microbiology, and more; and,

WHEREAS, on this day 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; 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.  We also encourage Michiganders to honor our 52,000 farmers by enjoying a piece of pure Michigan pie;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of the Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 14, 2017 as Pi and Pie Day in Michigan.