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Three Counties - Eighteen Schools – Over $11,000 in Supplies Donated

            The school supply drive recently held by The First National Bank in Trinidad and its branch locations was, once again, an overwhelming success! Although a little different than in years past because of COVID-19, the twentieth annual donation drive brought in a total of over $8,622 in cash donations, and $2,400 was matched by First National. A portion of the $11,022 was used to purchase supplies to be distributed to eighteen schools that plan to offer in-school learning, or some hybrid plan of in-school and remote learning in Las Animas, Huerfano and Colfax Counties. The remainder of the funds were used to assist Trinidad School District #1 students needing help to cover the cost of Internet connectivity for on-line learning. The school list included Holy Trinity Academy, Grace Christian, Hoehne, Primero, Kim, Branson, Aguilar, Fisher’s Peak Elementary, G.O.A.L. Academy, Trinidad Middle School and Trinidad High School, Peakview School, Walsenburg John Mall High School, LaVeta Elementary and High School, Gardner, Longfellow Elementary, Raton Intermediate School and Raton High School. Each school received a percentage of the donations in their corresponding counties based upon enrollment numbers; the schools will then distribute them to the students who have a need.

                “We received many positive comments and notes of appreciation for the supplies that were donated last year,” says Bank Vice President, Chris Egland. “It’s a project we do to help the schools and children in the area, and it’s been very successful. The generosity shown by area businesses, organizations, and individuals has made this project a rewarding one for all involved.” A special ‘thank you’ was extended by the Bank to Trinidad donors: Shirley A. Donachy, Trinidad Area Retired School Employees Association, Emma Carnevale, the late Velma Piacentini, Trinidad/Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce, John Raye, Annette Halbersleben, Bradley and Julie Hagan, Robert Arko, Michael and Glenda McMaster, Claude and Elizabeth Aragon, U.M.W.A. Local 6126, Frank and Sophie Leone, Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Harder, The Chronicle News, Earl, Jr. and Sue Nesbitt, Rotary Club of Trinidad, Judge Jesse Manzanares, Ret., Trinidad Area Health Association - Mt. San Rafael Hospital employees, The Extra Step Foundation – Devon McFarland, LaQuinta Inn & Suites, Hi-Country Flies, Christopher Biagi, Robert Vigil, Days Inn of Trinidad, KCRT Radio, David Phillips, Downtown Trinidad Development Group, Col. Louis and Jo Ann Simpleman, Chris Simpleman, Comi Funeral Home, Fred and Michele Eichler, Phil Long Enterprise, Dotter Abstract, Robert and Carmela Skalko, Connie Brown, JD Partners Ranch, Yvonne Fernandez, David and Laura Fain, Phyllis Griego, Justin Swift, Cindy Adams, Henry and Janine Solano. Walsenburg donors included: San Isabel Electric Assoc., Basin Electric, Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, JD Partners Ranch, Carolyn Newman, Walsenburg Sand & Gravel, Peak Performance Vet Service, Kenneth and Terry Simmons, Judith Johnson, Kimberly Trujillo, Dan Calvary, Margaret Anderson, Don Kindler and Susan Paschal. In Raton, donors included: Carlos Craig, Robert and Eileen Gonzales, Sam and Mae Regusa, Marthann Thompson, Casita Alegra, LLC, and MD Hospitality, LLC. Many anonymous donors also contributed.

            Trinidad High School senior Alberto Felthager helped with sorting and boxing supplies, and Kenneth Asevedo helped deliver supplies in Trinidad. Chris Egland organized the project in Trinidad, Dina Medina organized the project at the Huerfano County Branch and she was assisted by Desaray Martinez, and in Raton, Diana Sanchez organized the project.

“These volunteers have been an invaluable asset to the school supply drive. They worked many hours sorting, counting and boxing supplies and delivering them to area schools,” says Ms. Egland. “We are very grateful for their contribution, which is valued equally to the donations we receive.”

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 Sorting Room

Ready for sorting . . . a portion of the $6,160 in cash donations received by The First National Bank in Trinidad, including the Bank match of $1,000, was used to purchase supplies for in-school learning at Las Animas County schools and to provide Internet service for 32 households for the next 8 months.


Trinidad High School senior Alberto Felthager helped sort and box school supplies for delivery.

Kenneth Asevedo

Kenneth Asevedo delivered supplies to schools in Las Animas County.

HCB Dina Desaray

Dina Medina (left), with The Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg, raised $3,062.00 in donations for Huerfano County Schools. An additional $1,000 was donated by the Bank branch, to bring the total to $4,062.00 worth of school supplies delivered to local schools. Desaray Martinez (right) assisted with sorting and boxing supplies.

Diana Sanchez

Diana Sanchez organized a total of $800.00 in school supplies for distribution to Raton, New Mexico schools.