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Math Initiative Gives Greenburgh Students Day Off

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Greenburgh Central 7 School District Superintendent Ronald Ross has come up with a unique way to introduce high school students to a higher level of mathematics and encourage others to think more about numbers.

Ross has declared Wednesday, March 14 a day off for all district students in honor of "Pi Day." Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, is approximately 3.14, thus "Pi Day."

During their day off, Ross said students should contemplate mathematics, particularly students at Woodlands High School interested in attending a series of sessions from March to June being run in the district on Fridays and Saturdays by Harvard and Oxford trained mathematician Dr. Jonathan David Farley.

"It's learning about math in a different way than they have ever before," Ross said. "It's open to any kid who has a love of math and wants to explore something different. It's very unique."

About 24 students attended a session with Farley this past weekend and Ross is inviting any high school student in the region interested to participate. The sessions are free to students and are held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Ross, who noted the district is paying Farley as a consultant, met Farley several years ago. He contacted him in December and "the rest is history."

In 2001-02, Farley was one of only four Americans to win a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar award to the United Kingdom. Named by Seed magazine as one of "15 people who have shaped the global conversation about science in 2005," Farley was also the 2004 recipient of the Harvard Foundation's Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award, which is presented on behalf of the president of Harvard University in recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions in mathematics, according to school officials.

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