Every year on March 14, math lovers around the country celebrate pi.
A lot of weddings are taking place today in honor of Pi’s infinite nature and of course, what’s better to eat at a wedding reception than pie?
If you've got kids in grades one through eight, you should check out this website with fun ideas to celebrate Pi Day: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/exploring-pi
Someone on Instagram took a photo that actually helped reunite a child with his favorite stuffed animal! Jason Ho, a filmmaker, decided to take a walk in LA. He loves taking photos and then uploading those to Instagram. He writes a personal blog and loves kids and memories of childhood, so he takes a lot of photos of scenes and objects that remind him of being a kid. He was walking through a neighborhood in LA and took a photo of a lonely bunny lying on the sidewalk. Several hours later, Ho noticed that he was tagged in a post by someone he didn’t know about a lost brown bunny. They even drew a picture on a yellow legal pad with a sketch of a floppy-eared bunny and the location in which it was lost, with the hope that the bunny Ho took a picture of was indeed this family’s lost stuffed animal!
Ho got in touch with this family, sent the family an approximate map of where he took a picture of the stuffed animal and, the next day, he saw a picture posted on Instagram of a happy little boy holding his flopped eared bunny! Ho found out later that the stuffed rabbit was a gift from the little boy’s grandma before she passed away, which was a fairly recent event.
A now 14 year old girl, Katie Stagliano, has been working for 6 years to fight world hunger with her not-for-profit organization, Katie’s Krops. She works hard to feed those most in need by starting vegetable gardens and donating the produce to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and directly to the needy through her organization.
In 2008, 9-year-old Katie brought a cabbage seed home from school as part of a gardening program her 3rd grade class was participating in. Crazy enough, her cabbage plant grew to be 40 pounds! Katie donated it to a soup kitchen and it ended up feeding more than 275 people! Katie has since planted several vegetable gardens and donates the harvest to help feed people in need. Today, Katie’s Krops donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce from numerous gardens to organizations that help people in need and is training young people to do the same through Katie’s Krops Camps
A story went viral a few weeks back about an 18 year old from Indianapolis who was walking 10 miles for an interview. This determined young man, Jhaqueil Reagan was stopped by Art Bouvier, an owner of the restaurant named Papa Roux. Once Bouvier realized Reagan was walking 10 miles simply for the hope of a job (without any guarantees), he was so impressed with his perseverance that he offered him a job at Papa Roux!
After Bouvier put this story on his Facebook, it spread across the internet and two TV shows, Good Morning America and Fox and Friends, brought both Reagan and Bouvier on for an interview. Since then, donations have been coming in! The two guys have decided to start a nonprofit with these donations that are being mailed their way. Their plan is to apply for nonprofit status and start a foundation that will go toward helping unemployed people with transportation, clothing, and building their resumes so they can have the same successes that Jhaqueil Reagan has had.
For 32 years (since 1981), a man named Albert Lexie has daily walked through the doors of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to shine people’s shoes. However, something is different about Albert’s shoe shining business. He gives every bit of his tips to help the children at that hospital through a program called Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. It’s available so parents can pay their kids’ medical bills when they don’t have the financial resources otherwise.
Albert charges $5 per shoe shine, but people usually give him more than that. One of the doctors say that Albert’s donated over a third of his lifetime salary to this fund, and (as of February 2013) he will have donated over 200,000 to this cause.