Pi(e) the principal at Crystal Spring Elementary
Posted on 03/14/2017
Principal Tate covered in whipped cream, standing with two students at Crystal Spring3/14 is Pi Day.  Pi is the irrational number that never ends.  For many years, everyone at Crystal Spring Elementary has looked forward to Pi Day, except for one person!  Principal Tate takes pies in the face from every 5th grader who learns 50 digits of Pi or more.  As you might imagine, it is a lot of fun but also quite messy.

Student holding a paper plate about to throw itPrincipal Tate's face partially covered in whipped cream after getting the first pie thrown at her.

This year, 29 5th graders participated, a record for Crystal Spring Elementary.  Two students went as far as learning 110 digits of Pi.  Principal Tate was a good sport but she came prepared.  She wore a trash bag and shower cap.  In the end, she was literally covered in whipped cream from head to toe.

Principal Tate covered in whipped cream, pulling the glasses off her facePrincipal Tate's foot covered in whipped cream

The event is fun for the younger students but also a teachable moment.  They too will have a chance to throw pies at the principal when they reach 5th grade. 

5th grader throwing a pie at Principal TateStudent smiling as he is holding two paper plates of whipped cream
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