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Leap for Literacy scheduled for mid-March splash
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Ken Goines and the Dawson County Middle School Interact Club leap into Lake Lanier at the annual Leap for Literacy benefit for WEE Books. - photo by Jessica Taylor

In less than a month, community members will have the chance to leap into Lake Lanier for a good cause.

The annual Leap for Literacy fundraiser benefiting the Dawson County WEE Books program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on March 14 at War Hill Park in Dawsonville.

Dawson County WEE Books is a local nonprofit organization that sends a free book each month to participating Dawson County children aged 0-5. The annual Leap for Literacy helps raise funds to send age-appropriate books to almost 900 kids in the community.

Participants either sign up as a team or individuals and bravely leap into chilly Lake Lanier water, or run down the ramp to get their feet wet if they aren’t up for the leaping adventure.

Celebrity judges will be choosing winners based on costumes and performance.

Sponsors pay for leapers, who can be individuals or teams, to dress in costume and put on a show as they walk down the dock at War Hill Park to jump off the edge.

Participants also have the option to be a “ramp runner” and get just their legs wet, or be “toe-tappers” who walk down the boat ramps to stick a pinky toe in the frigid water.

For more information or to pre-register a team, contact (404) 247-6260 or email