Roosevelt seniors teach fifth-graders at Franklin ElementarySchool

By Thomas Gallick | Staff Writer Published:

Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent hosted pi day for the district's fifth-grade students a little late this year -- for a good reason.

The event's organizers, Roosevelt math teachers Carla Ferrell and Amy Larkin, said pi day is traditionally celebrated on March 14 in honor of the mathematical constant that begins 3.14.

This year, the district moved the event to Friday in order to celebrate it closer to the Ohio Achievement Assessment tests all fifth-graders in the state take, and avoid scheduling problems.

"We're working on all the math skills that will be on the OAA," Larkin said as students in the background shot basketballs, put sand in measuring cups and fished in an inflatable pool located in the Roosevelt gym.

If it sounds like fun and games, that's because it is.

About 150 of Roosevelt's math students ran games and activities meant to teach 300 fifth-graders in a fun and memorable way.

Ferrell said the event, now in its 11th year, has changed a good deal since its inception. When it started, all of "Pi Day's" events focused on pi or Albert Einstein, who was born on March 14.

Gradually, the event grew to include multiple pre-algebra and geometry topics aimed at the district's fifth-graders.

"They all love it," Larkin said. "The fifth-graders are always talking about pi day."

She said the fifth-grade teachers told her their students were asking about pi day as March 14 rolled around, worrying they might miss out on the fun.

Ferrell said she thinks the high school students might learn as much or more than the fifth-graders at the annual event.

"I think our kids learn a lot," she said. "When you're teaching it, it really makes you understand it.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1126 or tgallick@recordpub.com

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