Leap for Literacy Raises More Than $8,000

Courtesy: Robin Dake

Stephens County raises thousands of dollars for area literacy programs through this year’s Leap for Literacy.

The 7th annual Leap for Literacy took place this past Saturday at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa.

A number of people made the leap into the frigid, wind-swept waters of Lake Louise to raise money to benefit the Stephens Education Literacy Foundation and the Stephens County Read-At-Home program.

Stephens County Family Connection and Communities in Schools Director Toni Childress said this year’s leap went wonderfully.

“The weather was so cold and the water was even colder,” said Childress. “They told us the water 37 degrees.”

According to Childress, 12 teams jumped and raised $8,137.33.

Childress went on to say that organizers also handed out a number of awards for the Leap.

Youngest Leaper – Dylan Swanson
Oldest Leaper – Linda Wilson from Morgan Concrete
Most Funds Raised – First Franklin Financial, $3,500
Best Costume – First Franklin Financial
Most Entertaining Leap – Toccoa Rotary Club

Childress said that organizers appreciate everyone who braved the cold to make the leap, as well as all of the sponsors and supporters who helped make the Leap happen this year.