Leap for Literacy Held Saturday

Stephens County takes the leap for literacy.

The 8th annual Leap for Literacy took place Saturday at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa.

During the leap, jumpers raise money and then take the plunge into Lake Louise.

Proceeds from the Leap for Literacy are split equally between the Stephens Education Literacy Foundation and Family Connection and Communities in Schools of Stephens County.

Family Connections Director Toni Childress said the leap went very well.

“The weather cooperated,” said Childress.  “We had enthusiastic leapers.  Together, they raised $5,840 to go towards literacy.”

While the air was warm, Childress said the water was not.

“The water was probably in the 30s,” said Childress.

Family Connections and Communities in Schools uses the money to support its Read-At-Home program.

Meanwhile, the Stephens Education Literacy Foundation uses its portion of the money in a number of efforts.

Those include providing scholarship money to those taking the GED Test, providing dictionaries to Stephens County’s third graders and holding the yearly “My Dreams, My Future” essay contest.