To kick off its readathon pledge period, the Waccamaw Intermediate School PTO on Pawleys Island, S.C., partnered with the local minor league baseball team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, to stage a surprise pep rally for students. The team brought its mascot to the school along with some fun props used during baseball games. Many students voted it the best assembly they had ever attended at school. In the end, they successfully raised more than $16,000.

Waccamaw Intermediate School PTO, Pawleys Island, S.C.