Event fundraising

PHOTOS: ‘Leap for Literacy’ event raises $3,500 for Dawson County Wee Books program

Despite the cold temperatures and wind, dozens of community members took to War Hill Park last weekend to throw themselves into the chilly Lake Lanier in support of children’s literacy, raising $3,500 for the local Dawson Wee Books County non-profit program.

Representatives from Robinson Elementary School jump into Lake Lanier during the March 26 “Leap for Literacy” event.
– photo by Erica Jones

During the annual event, members and community groups raise money for the nonprofit by signing up to “jump”, “run the ramp” (wade) or “stamp your feet ” (sink your feet) into Lake Lanier. Jumpers, ramp runners and toe tappers are then judged on their costumes and performance during the chosen activity.

This year, the event raised approximately $3,500 for the Wee Books program, an amount that will make a huge difference to the program, according to President Karmen Pharris. Since the nonprofit has been unable to organize the Leap for Literacy fundraiser for the past two years, she said community support has really kept Wee Books afloat. .

“Fundraising has really taken a hit over the past two years, but the community and business leaders have really stepped up to help us,” Pharris said. “It’s been two years since we’ve been able to do this fundraiser, so we’re excited to start over and get back to business.”

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A representative from Black’s Mill Elementary School jumps into Lake Lanier during the March 26 “Leap for Literacy” event.
– photo by Erica Jones

The Dawson County Wee Books program is designed to get books into kids’ hands before they go to kindergarten, to start cultivating a love of literacy before they even set foot in the classroom. ‘school. According to Pharris, the program currently sends about 800 books a month to children in the community. Each child participating in the program receives a free, age-appropriate book each month, from 0 to 0 until entering kindergarten.

“We’ve been doing this since 2008, and the total number of books in the county is about 125,000 in those years,” Pharris said. “So we’ve built a lot of little home libraries – we want to read for early childhood; it benefits them so much when they start school.

For more information about the Dawson County Wee Books program, its mission in the community, and how to donate, go to https://weebooks-739751.square.site/.