Pi Day Party 2024

Registration is now closed for our fun Pi Day Party 2024 Events!

If you want to be sure to be on our list to be invited next year—fill out the form below!

  • Do your kids sometimes say they do not want to learn Math?
  • Would you like to help your kids get excited about Math, through fun lessons and activities?
  • Do you have teenagers who think “Math is boring” or teenagers who absolutely love Math?
  • Do you have a babe-in-arms, and wonder how on earth you are supposed to manage teaching your older kids while caring for the wee ones? Would you like to hear from experienced parents how to address such challenges?
  • Would your little kids, older kids, or teenagers enjoy a special day of lessons and games while you connect with other home-educating parents?

We hope you can join us in 2025!

Simply send us an email to let us know you’re interested in coming next year!

Click here to contact us!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this for teenagers too?

Yes, absolutely! This event is truly for all ages.

For example, our teens will learn from an a retired physician who will talk about all of the data doctors measure as kids grow…and what that means, and how it’s displayed on charts.

Is this for toddlers and young kids? Will there be a Mommy and Me group?

Yes, absolutely!  This event is truly for all ages.

The Mommy-and-Me group will include Math in the Kitchen, music, and connecting with other moms to encourage one another.

Click here to see more pictures and get more info about these youngest participants!

The Math Scavenger Hunt after lunch IS for all ages, but our youngest usually prefer the playground option!  So, you can enjoy playground time after 12:30—kids play and moms talk!  We hope you can stay for this, and if your youngest has older siblings participating then you need to stay.

But if the oldest child you are bringing is 7 or younger, then you-whose-kids-are-all-super-young can leave at 12:30.

To emphasize: if you have one or more kids older than 7, which is most of us, you need to stay until 2:45. Please don’t register if your whole family cannot stay until 2:45, as that takes away space from another family who could. There is fun playground time for the youngest during the super-fun Math Scavenger Hunt the older kids are doing.

Registeration is now closed!

Just follow the simple steps & links at the bottom of this page to get information on the 2025 event!

Can I come for just part of the day?

No, you cannot come for just part of the day.

Space is limited.  We can only welcome people who can be here at 8:30 and stay until 2:45.

We have ONE exception, and that is only for those in the Mommy-and-Me class—see above about “babies and toddlers” for that policy.

We will not run late.  All activities will finish at or just before 2:45.  You’ll be glad you came!

What does it cost?

The minimum donation to register is

$7 per student or $25 per family,

The earlier you register, the more likely you are to get your preferred day.

Most of our teachers and other helpers are donating their time and skills; they are doing this gladly.

But we do need help covering our expenses. Thank you!

8:30—2:45 is a long time! What will we do all day?

  • Creative lessons led by excellent teachers
  • Picnic lunch
  • Math Scavenger Hunt
  • Door Prizes—EVERY kid gets a door prize, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors!
  • Eat PIE!

What are the Goals of this Event?

  • To inspire kids of all ages to want to study Math
  • To encourage and equip home-educating parents
  • To teach lessons in Math and in other subjects related to Math
  • To help students discover that Math and logical thinking skills are important to so many areas of life

Do Parents Need to Stay With their Kids All Day?

We hope all parents WILL stay all day, because a primary goal of this event is to better encourage and equip YOU!

You get to observe excellent teachers and gather ideas from them regarding how to enrich your students’ learning on a day-to-day basis.

You also get to connect with other parents!  This year the Parent-Hang-Out room which will be hosted by Teresa Barker, a fun home-educating mom. She’s not there to teach a complicated lesson but rather just to help everybody hang out and get to know each other!

Just ask someone who came last year, and you’ll hear that this room was a favorite of so many moms! People met each other and just talked about all manner of things. This room will be open all morning and you are welcome to “pop in” and stay awhile!

Having said all that, there are situations where a parent truly needs to make this a “drop off” event.  If you are in such a situation, please email Natalie Myers at  myerstwins@yahoo.com after you register.

What do kids say, who have been to Pi Day Parties in the past?

“I thought the math scavenger hunt was lots of fun!”

—many kids, all ages

“The Pi Day Party was so much fun!  “I was a little nervous at first because math isn’t exactly my favorite thing. At the party, I learned math is mental weightlifting, and boy do I need to lift some weights!  “It was so cool to see examples of using math in real life! I loved seeing how inflation is affected by so many different things, and thinking of ways we can deal with it better.”

—Lilly, age 17

“Pi day was great!! “We learned about bridges and how you need certain types of shapes (not a circle) to build a wall with no holes in it. “We also learned about fidget spinners and frisbees and how they have a force which helps them keep their balance.

“We learned about Pi the number too!”

—boy, age 8

What do parents say, whose kids have participated in previous Pi Day Parties?

“The Pi Day classes were excellent! I loved seeing professionals from our community and beyond share their expertise and love of math with my kids. My kids were able to have hands-on geometric art, engineering, measuring, and fun counting practice, thanks to the Pi Day team of organizers and passionate teachers. A year ago, right after the 2021 party, my oldest started asking me  “When do we get to go to that again?”  I was glad the 2022 party day finally arrived, and now am putting up with comments about next year’s event!

—a mom

“I really enjoyed spending time with other moms. I have been homeschooling for a long time, but I still learned new stuff that I hadn’t thought about. I learned practical skills to incorporate learning into everyday play. I enjoyed being able to ask questions and get different perspectives on areas of education where I struggle. I will definitely sign-up next year!”

—Danielle, a mom

“For my own kids and all the other kids who participate. Pi Day takes the math out of the textbook and lays it in the laps of the kids who attend, by building on the mathematical concepts that they are learning at home and in school with fun, hands-on demonstrations, and practical exercises.  Events like Pi Day spark curiosity. And curiosity is an itch that must be scratched. This Pi Day Party is a cultivator of curiosity. We, as educators, may not be fortunate enough to be there when it blooms, but we can water it. Pi Day continues to water curious minds thanks to the generosity of local companies and individuals. I’m thankful for the opportunity to participate. I’m curious to see what fascinating new things I’ll learn this year, as I’m honored to again be part of the teaching team at the Pi Day Party!”

—Eric Crouch, teacher and dad

What Group Organizes this Event?

The Pi Day Party is an event hosted by Bristol Academy.  Alison Meredith is the director of Bristol Academy; other members of the leadership team are: Isha Youhas, Teresa Barker, Ann Monin, and Ruth Grunstra.


Alison Meredith is also the director of the Pi Day Party.  The leaders of this event include all the teachers listed below plus about 40 other volunteers.

Why is the Cost so Low? Who Funds this?

The cost is so low because leaders and businesses in our community are honored to support the goals of this event, and we do not want any parent to choose to not participate due to cost.  The sponsors of this event, who have generously given cash or in-kind donations, include:

Tech Eagles,

Citizens Bank,

The Markland Group, LLC,

Overbeek Photography,

Holston Medical Group,

Baker Wealth Strategies,

Bristol Public Library,

Mike Mumpower,

Lion Cat Media,

Karen Fickley,

Morrell Music,

First Presbyterian Church,

Your Highest Place,

Veritas Insurance,

Lambert Training,

Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association,

First Christian Church,

EAI Education,

Elizabeth Schuhr Budget Coaching,

Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy,

Food City,

People’s Home Equity,

Duet Dance Academy,

Throwmore Disc Golf Store,

Rainbow Resource Center,

Webb Dentistry,

Right Start Math,

Northeast State Community College,

and more.

A donation of any amount is most welcome, and will be used not only to offset our general expenses but also to buy more door prizes and to invest in better Pi Day Parties for future years. If your business would like to sponsor this event, or if you would just like to make an anonymous donation, please reach out to Natalie Myers, at myerstwins@yahoo.com

Isn’t Pi Day March 14th? Why isn’t this Party ON Pi Day?

We’ve all been to a Christmas Party that wasn’t on December 25th, right?  Of course!


Pi is about 3, so anytime in March is a great day to celebrate this holiday!

What is Pi Day, and What’s the History of Celebrating it?

For any circle, of any size, the distance around that circle divided by the distance across that circle equals 3.14159. . . pi is an irrational number, so that precise decimal continues infinitely without ever repeating itself.

In the 1990s, some Math teachers had an idea.  Since 3.14 is a common approximation for Pi, why don’t we celebrate “Pi Day” with our students on March 14th?  The goal was simple: help kids remember that fabulous, fun, irrational number Pi. We called it a success if the only thing a student remembered from a Pi Day celebration was:

(Lazy grammar is purposeful in the below quote.  This captures what most teenagers would actually say, months after our Pi Day celebration, if someone asked them “What is Pi?”)

“Well, one day in March, my Math teacher acted really excited, and, like, we played some Math games, and then ate pie.  In class! I got chocolate. It was pretty cool.  So, I guess since March is the 3rd month . . .well, I guess, like, Pi must equal 3-point-something, because . . .well, she said that the party day was the Pi number and . . . like I don’t remember the date, ya know? So I don’t remember the decimal or anything but I guess 3-point-something must be what Pi is.”

If our teenaged students could say “Math class was fun today” AND get locked into their brain that “Pi is about 3”—we called that a success!

Here in Bristol, our Pi Day Party for home-educated students has been growing in size over the past 7 years.

Who are the teachers for this event?

Alison Meredith earned her BS in Mathematics from Virginia Tech. She taught professionally at an inner-city Science & Technology magnet school in North Carolina, at Dobyns-Bennett, and in Massachusetts. In 1997 she was one of ten teachers nationwide to receive the Future Leaders award from NCTM. She has been a home-educating mom “since the beginning.” Her seven children are now ages 12-24. She has created a plethora of resources to equip parents and protect kids online. She and her husband Tim founded Tech Eagles over 13 years ago to provide cybersecurity to local businesses.

Lynette D’Avella earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The University of North Florida. She primarily taught 1st grade to intercity, at-risk children for 5 years. She was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2001. She has been home-educating her four kids for over 18 years.  She has also tutored reading, with a multi-modality approach, to countless young learners. Her husband, Steve, provides a hands-on component to their education by including the children in his contracting company’s planning and construction tasks.

Eric Crouch earned his BS in Electronic Engineering Technology from ETSU. He worked in the cell phone industry for 10 years before deciding to become a home educator. Eric and his wife, Beth, have been home-educating for over 15 years. He believes that curious kids teach themselves, so he strives to cultivate that natural wonder. Eric’s wife Beth is a nursing professor at Milligan; they are actively involved in their church and have lived in Bristol for years.

Jim Moser is the senior staff engineer at Kintronic Labs, a global leader in radio broadcast antenna systems.  He’s been working in this capacity for over 25 years and loves to help others understand how and why radio communication works.  He earned his BSEE and MSE in Electromagnetics from University of Michigan.

Madeline Lugo teaches violin and directs the “Mini Musicians” class at Blair Academy for the Arts. She has been teaching music for the past 8 years and has learned so much from hands-on experience working with many different personalities, skill-levels, and ages. Madeline also plays piano, cello, and guitar and often incorporates these into her classes. You may often find her composing music, accompanying other musicians, or playing gigs with her violist/violinist husband.

Rob Rutherford graduated from King University and earned his master’s degree from ETSU.  For over 15 years, he’s been caring for all ages as an EMT nurse and a Primary Care  Nurse Practitioner.  He’s been teaching for years and delights to help kids and teenagers learn more about the beautiful world God created.

Teresa Barker graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in History and Classical Studies. She has been a home-educating mom for about 10 years, but has taught kids & adults of all ages for decades. She’s currently the director of Children’s Ministries at First Christian Church.

Karen Haaser has been teaching kids for many, many years in various volunteer roles.  She recently retired after a forty-year career as an occupational therapist, specializing in hand therapy.    Karen loves to share her passion for learning with others.

Johnny Molloy has been a world-respected traveler of Eastern USA for decades.  He writes books to help hikers enjoy the beautiful world God made.  Read more about Johnny Molloy at this link.  At that link you can also buy a book of whatever place interests you, and then you can have him autograph your book!   Johnny is excited to work with our students to better understand maps, compasses, and the importance of Mathematical & Logical Thinking whenever you are hiking.

Lilly Osborne graduated from King University with a degree in Elementary Education and has been teaching for decades.  Years ago she helped with Classical Conversations.  She is the mother of 5, a piano teacher, and the director of Children’s Ministries at First Presbyterian Church.

Sylvia Meredith earned her BS in Chemistry from ETSU.  She works in Research and Development for Eastman.  She is excited to help our students better understand chemistry and how it relates to Math.

Mary Connor loves teaching people of all ages.  She retired from King University where she was the department chair of Accounting. She taught math and accounting at Tennessee High School and Sullins Academy. She received her BS in Math UT, her Masters in Business Administration from ETSU, and her DBA in Accounting from Argosy University.

Constance Schuyler loves to help others grow in the wonder of God’s creation.  Constance worked as a certified occupational therapist for 20 years. She helped people of all ages with a variety of physical, mental, and social challenges.  She has also been a chiropractic assistant, a caregiver, a sewing teacher, and a cooking teacher.    

Dr. Fred Harkleroad holds 10 years of collegiate education from King College, ETSU, and UT Memphis School of Medicine. He then served in the US Navy for five years after his internship and residency. Dr. Harkleroad returned to practice medicine in the Bristol area for 30 years caring for patients of all ages. As an ordained deacon and elder, he currently serves on the Session (his church’s leadership team). Dr. Harkleroad and his wife Heidi have been married for 43 years and are blessed with two children and three grandchildren.

More amazing teachers will be joining our team!

This is not yet a comprehensive list of the wonderful people who have volunteered their time to help your kids of all ages have an amazingly fun Pi Day Party.

Where is this event?

First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, next to King University, is graciously hosting this event.


Put into your GPS 809 Spruce Street—and pull into the parking lot directly across from that home. Do NOT park in the church’s main, bigger parking lot.


When you arrive, someone will be waving and directing you to the side entrance where the fun of our day begins!

What do we need to bring?

  1. A great attitude.
  2. A lunch bag for each person in your family; individually package except for your mommy-and-me aged kid.
  3. A water bottle for each student.
  4. PIE! Please bake or buy a pie to share and bring it with you.
  5. That’s it! We’ll provide pencils, paper, and all other needed supplies.

*We WILL have fridge space to keep your pie cold during the event, but we will NOT have fridge space to keep everyone’s lunches cold during the event.

Sign up for 2025 Pi Day Party info!