Dinger’s Homerun Reading Club Gets Kids To Hit the Books

Dinger’s Homerun Reading Club Gets Kids To Hit the Books

Gary Saunders
Pelican GM Gary Saunders takes part in the reading program in Horry County Schools.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are pleased to announce the overwhelming success of the 2002 Sylvan Learning Center / Wendy’s “Dinger’s Homerun Reading Club.” Over 13,000 students at all Horry County elementary, primary, and intermediate schools participated in the program.

Gary Saunders, Pelicans General Manager said, “The first year, in my estimation, has been a smashing success. When you consider the thousands of kids who were touched by our efforts and the nearly 2,500 who achieved the ultimate goal of the program, it has truly been a rewarding experience for all involved. And this is just the beginning! We are already looking forward to taking our Reading Program to the next level of excellence in 2003.”

Via the Accelerated Reader Program points, over 2,400 students earned “Homerun” status. In reaching the “Homerun” level, those students will get two reserved tickets to any future Pelicans game this season, a Wendy’s Kid’s Meal, a Wendy’s Frosty, and a gift certificate to Build-A-Bear Workshop. All students received a Dinger’s Homerun Club Bookmark.

“The commitment that the Myrtle Beach Pelicans have shown to Horry County Schools is exemplary for a business partnership. Their greatest gift has been the time they have given to the schools where they read to the children and encourage children to read for a lifetime,” said Joan Grimmett, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Horry County School District.

On Tuesday, May 21, sixteen Horry County schools will get a special visit from Myrtle Beach Pelicans players and Horry County Police Officers, who will read books and then take part in a question and answer session. The prizes earned by the students will be distributed during this visit.

Sponsors of the “Dinger’s Homerun Reading Club” include: Sylvan Learning Center, Wendy’s, Shell Rapid Lube, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Sellers Group, Inlet Printing, Horry County Police Department C.O.P.E. Team, Horry County Schools, and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

Thanks to Pelicans Media & Public Relations Director Dan Laing for this capcom story.

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