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National Pi Day Fair at NMJC

3/7/2015 12:00:47 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

In honor of National Pi Day and Albert Einstein’s birthday, the Community Drug Coalition of Lea County (CDC), in collaboration with Mu Alpha Theta (Honor Society) at New Mexico Junior College (NMJC), are sponsoring a Pi Day Fair and Celebration, Saturday March 14 from 9:00 am until noon in Heidel Hall at NMJC.  According to Community Drug Coalition Executive Director, Rhonda Tyler, “This is a drug-free party that will blow your mind!”

March 14, 2015 (3.14.15), is National Pi Day, and at 9:26.53 am, “The digits line up to represent the first 10 digits of the Greek symbol, π”, says NMJC mathematics instructor and Mu Alpha Theta Advisor, Shyla McGill.  In addition to saluting this phenomenal event of the century, Albert Einstein’s birthday will be celebrated with free “pie” and free pizza, donated by Dominos, Big Cheese Pizza, Pizza Hut and Pizza Inn.

“There are over 20 math and science activity booths to fascinate the mind”, Eva Huff, NMJC student and Mu Alpha Theta member said. “We want to encourage all ages of the community to attend, as there will be something for everyone.” The CDC will have booths to educate and caution the public about alcohol and drug use, and at the same time, show multiple ways of creative science and math activities.

Sponsored by Tate Branch, large helium-filled fish will float through the air, reminding the young fair-goers of the lessons they learned from Palmer Drug Abuse fish puppets during Red Ribbon Week the past October.

Admission is free and according to Mu Alpha Theta student Chris Moore, “It is easy to participate.  Just come to Heidel Hall, get a BINGO card, and as you visit each booth, receive a sticker to cover a square on the card.  A blacked-out card then becomes the entry for one of the three grand prizes.”  Grand prizes are a television, Xbox One, and a set of Beats Headphones, sponsored by Wal-Mart.

Brothers, Kenny (age 7) and Zack (age 3), are planning to attend the Pi Day Fair to get their chance at learning some “really cool things”, Kenny said, but NMJC student Amanda Thompson has her sights set on winning a TI-84 calculator donated by the National Mu Alpha Theta organization.

Hobbs Mayor Sam Cobb supports the Pi Day Fair, and has proclaimed March 14, 2015 as Pi Day for the City of Hobbs with a city proclamation.

Anyone with questions about the Pi Day Fair or wanting to volunteer to help at any of the tables or booths, please contact Shyla McGill at, or the Community Drug Coalition of Lea County at 575-391-1301.

For more information, contact Rhonda Tyler: 575-391-1301 or

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