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5K race to benefit Family Connection
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The teen organizer of a 5K run and walk that will be held Dec. 12 at Rock Creek Park plans to donate proceeds to Dawson County Family Connection.

With initiatives to target underage drinking and childhood literacy, as well as a variety of others aimed at improving families in the community, "Family Connection helps out so many different areas in the county," said 14-year-old Jarod Posey, a freshman at Dawson County High School.

Nancy Stites, director of Family Connection, said she was thrilled to learn of Jarod's plan to support the organization, which is part of a statewide initiative of community collaborative partnerships committed to making measurable improvements for children and families in Georgia.

"We were very flattered that Jarod chose Family Connection as a recipient this year," she said.

She was even more excited that he learned about Family Connection through the Teen Brain programs the group held at the high school in the past.

"It is great to know that youth were impacted by that program and that a teen is wanting to promote that message," Stites said. "Any message is more powerful when the message is delivered by a peer."

This is the fourth year Jarod has organized 5K events in support of area charitable efforts.

"I did one for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk, one of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and one for Dawson County Special Olympics," he said.

Registration for this year's 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. The race, which will be held on the paved walking trail that circles the park, will follow at 9 a.m.

Entrance fee for all participants is $10 and also includes access to a children's activities area with a moonwalk, snacks, drinks and Santa visits.

For more information, email or call (706) 216-2329.