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Youthful generosity

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.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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