Leap for Literacy Set for Feb. 16 in Toccoa

An annual frigid fundraiser to benefit two local organizations will take place again next month.

The 7th annual Leap for Literacy will take place on February 16 at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa.

Family Connection and Communities in Schools Executive Director Toni Childress said that on that day, people can raise money for literacy programs and receive the privilege of leaping into the cold waters of Lake Louise.

“This is Stephens County’s wildest, craziest and most invigorating fundraiser,” said Childress. “It’s like a Polar Bear Plunge. We have businesses that sponsor it and individuals that get teams (together) to raise money and the money is all divided equally between Family Connection and Communities in Schools, and we sponsor the Read-at-Home program, and the Stephens Education Literacy Foundation, which is an adult education referral source.”

According to Childress, businesses can sponsor a two-person team and have their name on the commemorative t-shirt for $250, while individuals can leap for a donation of $100.

All donations are tax-deductible and prizes will be awarded to the business and individual who garners the most donations.

For those leaping, costumes are encouraged.

Childress said that the money raised will help children directly through things like the Read-At-Home program.

“We currently have 644 children enrolled in this program and they receive a free book monthly, then we also community information out to our families that are enrolled in the program as well,” said Childress.

For more information or to register for the Leap for Literacy, call Childress at 706-886-2880, extension 2010 or call Ellen Alligood at 706-886-6909.