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Leap for Literacy event Saturday
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With a month of freezing temperatures and snow every other week, Lake Lanier is primed and ready for a swim.

The fourth annual Leap for Literacy is scheduled to be held at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 22 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.

"Right now, we are reaching 50 percent of children under five in the county," said WEE Books volunteer Jane Graves. "We really need to be at 80 percent."

It's a program that WEE Books president Lionel Graves says really works.

"Kindergarten evaluations have shown that children who are in the WEE books program do better than the national average," he said.

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 more donations from the crowd in the form of sponsorships.

Last year, the group raised more than $4,000 for children's literacy.

Judges will be on hand to give awards for various categories. Last year's included most creative costume, funniest routine and oldest and youngest jumpers.

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