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Annual Leap for Literacy is Saturday
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Brothers Matt and James Holton, Cole Smith and Autumn Stewart jump as part of last years Leap for Literacy event. - photo by File photo

Flip flops one day, parkas the next. With the Georgia weather, you never know what to expect.

The forecast Saturday is calling for a sunny 56 degrees, the perfect temperature to jump in the lake.

The sixth annual Leap for Literacy is scheduled to be held at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 27 at War Hill Park's boat ramp.

The event benefits Dawson County WEE Books, a program developed to put age-appropriate books in the hands of preschool children.

Supporters will raise money to purchase books for local children. The jumpers will come dressed in costumes and ready to give a performance to entice the judges, who will be on hand to give awards for various categories.

"We actually have fewer leapers this year, but we have several groups that are getting in the water either as toe tappers or ramp runners," said Sue Poynter, WEE Books chairwoman.

WEE Books is currently serving about 750 children, who receive an age appropriate book each month until they turn five years old. The books are free to participants, though fundraisers like the lake leap support the cause.

Events like Leap for Literacy, in addition to raising funds, also serve as a springboard to spotlight the free book program.

"We want to encourage the community to realize how important it is for us to focus on childhood literacy," Poynter said.

For more information about WEE Books or the Leap for Literacy event, call (706) 216-0173.