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Barn Dance kicks up reading
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The crowd lines up for the electric slide line dance Saturday during the annual WEE Books Barn Dance at Kinsey Family Farm. - photo by David Renner Dawson Community News

The Kinsey Family Farm played host Saturday to diners and dancers contributing to future learning.

The seventh annual WEE Books Barn Dance was held at the Cumming farm, the second of two major annual fundraisers for the Dawson County youth literacy initiative.

The WEE Books program puts age-appropriate books in the hands of preschool children, from birth to 5 years, to receive free, each month.

The program is made possible by a partnership with the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy and the WEE Books Community Action Team.

There are 70 teams across the state with more than 1,000 volunteers working toward mailing 25,000 books each month.

"We could not do this without the community's contribution. We have about 700 children already enrolled in this program in Dawson County," said volunteer Jane Graves. "That is over 50 percent of the preschoolers. Our goal this year is to raise that number up to 80, or more, percent. If we can do that, it will make a huge difference to their kindergarten readiness."

The weather also helped contribute to the success of the dance this year, with this year's sunny, warm day being much more favored over last year's cold, overcast and windy climate.

"The weather was great this year," said Lionel Graves, WEE Books president. "You always take a risk with the weather and it panned out this year."

Graves also said that he was happy with the show of people.

"The turnout was great this year, too. I was afraid after last year's weather, he said. "But people came out anyway, and I'm happy for that."

For more information about WEE Books and any future events, call (706) 216-2307.