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The school support drive recently held by The First National Bank in Trinidad and its branch locations was, once again, an overwhelming success! The twenty-second annual donation drive brought in a total of $10,572 in cash donations, and $3,000 was matched by First National.

The $13,572 was distributed to twenty schools in Las Animas, Huerfano and Colfax Counties. The school list included Holy Trinity Academy, Grace Christian, Hoehne, Primero, Kim, Branson, Aguilar, Fisher’s Peak Elementary, G.O.A.L. Academy in Trinidad, Trinidad Middle School and Trinidad High School, Peakview Elementary School, Walsenburg High School, G.O.A.L. Academy in Walsenburg, LaVeta School District, Gardner Charter School, 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 provide assistance to the students who have a need.

For the second year in a row, the Loan Production Office in Raton combined forces with Zia Youth in their school supply drive to maximize funds to get the children of Raton the supplies they need to have a successful year. Those supplies were distributed on August 1st at Round House Park in Raton.  

“We received many positive comments and notes of appreciation,” says Bank Branch President, Daryl Aubuchon. “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: San Isabel Electric Association, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Shirley A. Donachy, Trinidad Area Retired School Employees Association, Confederacion Mutualista Mexicana e Hispano-Americana – La Casa, KCRT and KBKZ Radio, Comi Funeral Home, Juli Rydzewski, Rosella Stephens, Hi-Country Flies, Earl and Sue Nesbitt, Annette Halbersleben, Bradley and Julie Hagan, Robert Arko, Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Harder, Rotary Club of Trinidad, The Extra Step Foundation – Devon Arguello, Col. Louis and Jo Ann Simpleman, Chris Simpleman, Robert and Carmela Skalko, JD Partners Ranch, Yvonne Fernandez, Phyllis Griego, Henry and Janine Solano, Church of the Nazarene, Trinidad Area Health Association – Mt. San Rafael Hospital employees, Joe Nazzaro, Mary Bishop, Claude B. Aragon and Keeley E. Aragon-Horton, Maryanne Kaessner, Janet Morris, Linda Gates Perry, Jack and Georganne Vallejos, and Linda Barron. Walsenburg donors included: Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, San Isabel Electric Association, Basin Electric, Dotter Abstract, Larry and Sandra Martinez, Michael Hood, Karl Tomsic, Sam Law, Joseph Lujan, Pamela McDonald, Robert Damjanovich, Bruce Newmanan, Arlene Boday, Nancy Veene, Dana Agee, Carmen Lara, Birgit Burglechner, Sharon Whitley, Paula Hiatt, Deborah Martinez, Kenneth Hass, Sherry Pearson, and Ed and Deborah Donavan. In Raton, donors included: Marv and Patti Newton, Victor and Lucy Romero, Tom and Fonda Davis, Ron and Linde Schuster, Devin Barton of Edward Jones, Kenny Lee, Raton’s Peak Inn, and Sandoval Construction. Many anonymous donors also contributed.

Corey Gonzales and Christa Smith organized the project in Trinidad, and Dina Medina organized the project at the Huerfano County Branch. She was assisted by Huerfano County Branch bank employee Desirea Perrino. In Raton, First National Loan Production Office President, Diana Sanchez, organized the project.

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First National Loan Production Office President, Diana Sanchez, presents a check for $2,100 to Zia Youth President, Linda Headley. The proceeds came from $1,100 in cash donations from the community, and $1,000 in matching funds from the Loan Production Office.

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Principal, Elizabeth Jameson poses with a check for Aguilar School’s portion of $6,322 in donations received in support of the eleven schools in Las Animas County, which included $1,000 in matching funds from The First National Bank in Trinidad.

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The Huerfano County Branch received $4,150 in cash donations, of which the Bank matched $1,000. Bank employee, Desirea Perrino, presents a check to Megan Archuleta at Peakview Elementary School in Walsenburg, one of five Huerfano County Schools to receive a portion of the funds.