Premier Mazda raised money for coats for needy Martin City Elementary and Middle School students. Pictured are Assistant Principal Dana Green, Principal Johnny Dodge, Premier Mazda General Manager Tim Smith, and Assistant Principal Andy Leech. Photo by Kathy Feist

By Kathy Feist

On Friday, January 19, Premier Mazda presented Martin City Elementary and Middle School with a check for $3,550 from its Coats 4 Kids campaign. For every Mazda sold during the month of December, $50 was donated to the coat drive. A total of 56 cars were sold, according to Premier Mazda General Manager Tim Smith. “We got Mazda to kick in a little more with us,” he added.

Smith says Mazda holds an annual Drive for Good campaign. “We were looking for something a little different,” he says. “It’s easy to put your name with the Chiefs and Royals. But this goes a little farther.”

Smith says their sister store in Overland Park also adopted an elementary school. That store raised $2,900. “We beat them,” he jokes.

Principal Johnny Dodge, Assistant Principals Dana Green and Andy Leech and a group of smiling children happily received the check between morning classes. Dodge felt many families would appreciate the donation.


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