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Leap for Literacy canceled
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The would-be seventh annual Leap for Literacy event has been canceled due to low water levels in Lake Lanier.

The Dawson County Wee Books team, along with Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford and Parks and Rec Director Lisa Henson, have determined that the water under the dock and on the ramps at War Hill Park is too low for leapers to safely enter the lake.

The event was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 25.

As it is one of only two fundraising events that the program has each year, another event will be scheduled in its place.

Wee Books board member Sue Poynter said that the replacement will likely be a pay-not-to-come event, where in lieu of having an actual fundraising event, the program asks for donations.

A final decision on the replacement event was not available as of press time, but any new updates will be included in next week's edition of the Dawson County News.

Poynter said that due to the amount of participation the Leap for Literacy event attracts every year, it has been a hard decision for the group to make.

"We made close to $5,000 last year," Poynter said. "But it takes $3 a month per child and with over 800 kids in the program, that's $2,400 in just one month."

The program mails one book each month to every child who is enrolled in the program until they are in Kindergarten. Wee Books serves only Dawson County residents, and is completely free to those who sign up.