RHINELANDER - When you think of fundraisers, usually you think of selling candy or gift wrap, but one elementary school is getting more creative with the way they fundraise.
Pelican Elementary School in Rhinelander started their first ever 'Strut for Fund' fun run Wednesday.
Student's family and friends pledge money based on how many laps the kids run around the playground.
The school then gets to use that money.
Organizers say the support is overwhelming in its first year.
"We're really excited, having this be our first year with the amount of support we're seeing with parents who have shown up, and with the enthusiasm in the kids," says Strut for Fund Coordinator Katie Lindner. "I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all that they're doing to make this a success."
Students got an added treat to help encourage them.
The Hodag came out to help the kids get fired up.
"We had a pep rally [Tuesday]…and the kids were up out of their seats, yelling and cheering," says Lindner. "The Hodag was dancing with them, so they get really excited about it. I had one little boy that came up to me this morning and said 'This is the best day ever,' and was so excited."
Organizers also have other incentives for running like pizza parties and ice cream socials.