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Annual competition aids literacy program
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For the last two years, members of the Dawson County Woman's Club proved they are indeed smarter than a 10-year-old.

On Tuesday, teams will have the chance to see if they also are during the annual Are you Smarter than a 10-Year-Old competition. The event benefits Reading Education Association of Dawson County, or READ, a local, literacy group that aims to improve young lives through education.

Much like Jeff Foxworthy's popular television game show, "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader," the event will feature 10 three-member teams attempting to answer questions taught at the elementary school level.

Fifth graders from each of the county's elementary schools will be on hand to help out if the questions are too tough for adult minds.

"This is part of making the money to do the things we do for the children in our community and to help those adults in our community who want to improve their education through literacy," said READ Executive Director Sandy Lipkowitz. "We want to try and provide the children tools to help them learn and make learning more fun and help keep them in school."

Duane Wallace, member of the Dawson County Woman's Club team, which is a two-time defending champion of the event, said after the 2010 competition that reading is extremely important to not only children, but the community as a whole.

"Reading is the cornerstone of our community. If people can't read or don't have their GEDs, it just sets everybody back," Wallace said.

The event will have a special guest this year as Sandra Deal, wife of Gov. Nathan Deal, joins the Dawson County team.

The competition begins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Dawson County Middle School.

For more information, call (706) 579-1771.

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