Crowder College students were treated to a free piece of pie on Thursday, at the Baptist Student Union’s annual Pie Day event.

Crowder College students were treated to a free piece of pie on Thursday, at the Baptist Student Union’s annual Pie Day event.

The student group started their day in the Crowder Student Center with 145 donated dishes, offering everything from cream pies to cobblers.
“We have everything except for gooseberry and rhubarb,” said BSU member Aaron Werner.


Werner said the selection of pies, which included treats such as blackberry cobbler, chocolate cream pie, and pumpkin pie, were donated by volunteers in Southern Baptist churches in Newton and McDonald counties.

Though the group was not accepting donations from students, that didn’t stop the BSU members from giving out several pieces of pie, and in many cases, a whole pie at a time.

Danny Landreth and his mother, Leanor, members of Sweetwater Baptist Church, were also on hand Thursday to help serve up the treats to hungry college students.
Landreth said he and his mother have been involved with the event from its beginning. Since then, the family have also helped with the BSU’s weekly Wednesday lunches.

“We’ve always felt like it was part of our family ministry to come out here and help,” Landreth said.

He said the event started in the mid-1990s, when the BSU director at the time established “Pie Day with your Professor.” Landreth said the original concept was not very successful, however, since then it has evolved into what is now known as Pie Day, and the event has become a hit.

Adding to its popularity is Leanor Landreth’s homemade dishes, especially her coconut cream pie, her son said.

“She baked some of the pies and as per usual, they’re gone,” he said. “This is what she likes to do.”

While the group’s central locale and free goodies helped to raise awareness of their group on campus, Werner said the purpose of the annual event is two-fold.
“It’s just a way that the churches in the area can show God’s love, through pie,” Werner said. “It sounds kind of funny, but it’s a practical way for them to help out the students. It also helps to promote our organization.”

Werner said the pie giveaway is the organization’s main fall event, and is held each year on the first Thursday of September.

Emily Gritten, BSU member, said the event is a perfect fit for their college community.

“We’re college kids, we like pie and we like free stuff,” Gritten said.