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Making a splash for a good cause
Annual Leap for Literacy set for Feb. 23
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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 Feb. 24, 2018. - photo by Jessica Taylor

It’s almost that time of year again, when colorfully costumed teams will either wade or jump into Lake Lanier in the chilly, late February weather.

The Dawson County WEE Books program is hosting its yearly Leap for Literacy event beginning at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23, and the event is sure to make a splash.

WEE Books is a program that puts age-appropriate books in the hands of preschool children. The organization currently serves more than 800 children in Dawson County who receive a book in the mail each month for free.

The event is a fundraiser with all proceeds going toward the purchase of books for children. At last year’s event more than $5,000 was raised to put books into the hands of local children.

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.

Celebrity judges will choose winners based on costumes and performance in each of the categories.

For more information or to pre-register a team, contact (706) 216-7955 or email