Press Release
March 2, 2015

Pi Day made extra sweet for middle school students in Watsonville

This Year is Considered "Super PI Day" Since it Lands on 3.14.15 (March 14, 2015)

Rolling Hills Middle School students will celebrate Pi Day Friday, March 13 with a variety of math projects and games hosted by the school’s Algebra Academy Math Club.

In addition to math activities related to pi (3.14), Rolling Hills’ students will snack on delicious pie from Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola.

Gayle’s is contributing 400 fruit turnover pies, one for each student, and several large apple pies to be shared among the Algebra Academy Math Club students who will conduct Pi Day festivities.

The donated pies demonstrate the bakery owner’s belief that math is a crucial part of a young student’s education.

“We are thrilled to serve pie to the Rolling Hills students in honor of Pi Day,” bakery owner Gayle Ortiz said. “We’ll see if they can figure out the area of our pies.”

The entire student body will join in Pi Day activities as part of the school’s Math Club, which sprang from the Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy many students took part in over the summer.

“It’s exciting to see local businesses joining together to support our students,” Graniterock Vice President Kevin Jeffery said. “We appreciate Gayle’s Bakery’s participation in this Algebra Academy math club festival, especially in such a fun way.”

Up to 100 students will rotate into the gymnasium every 50 minutes to participate in the multiple games designed to develop critical thinking, problem solving, pattern recognition, spatial-visual development, memory, logic and basic computation.

The Algebra Academy was started in 2010 by Graniterock’s former President and CEO Bruce W. Woolpert and corporate counsel Kevin Jeffery, who were passionate about the education of local students. They believed in the importance of students having a strong foundation in mathematics. Woolpert and Jeffery invited CSUMB Professor Hongde Hu to work with students at Watsonville’s Rolling Hills Middle School for the first Algebra Academy, and the program has grown in interest and impact from those beginnings, and now serves over 100 students annually from Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties.

Driscoll’s and Wells Fargo are also strong local business partners of the Graniterock-hosted Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy.

For more information, contact:
Kevin Jeffery, Graniterock Vice President 831-768-2103
Rick Ito, Rolling Hills Principal 831-245-6861