A third grader's generosity has resulted in financial assistance to the Pierce County Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. Adam Johnson of Hillcrest Elementary School received a gift of a "railroad bank" from his grandmother, Mrs. Gordy Johnson of Ellsworth. The son of Mike and Kim Johnson decided to give the bank, complete with a slot for coins to travel through a cross buck, flashing lights and depository, to Flat Pennies Ice Cream in Bay City because of that business' railroad theme.
The bank became available to the public there last summer with intentions for any coins inserted by the end of the shop's season to go to DARE and the Gordy Johnsons matching the amount. Patrons contributed $144.60 by that time, so a total of $289.20 was realized. DARE Officer Steve Albarado, who congratulated Adam Johnson Thursday, said the donation is a real boost for the program in area schools.