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First National Kicks Off 24th Annual School Support Drive

The First National Bank in Trinidad, along with the Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg and the Loan Production Office in Raton, have made a commitment to continue efforts to support the youth in the community by holding their 24th annual “School Support Drive.”   Whether funds are used to assist students with needs at home or in school, the Bank is committed to providing resources for children in the area.  Many students start school without the necessary supplies to participate in class.  There are nineteen schools in the three-county area that will receive support, and the need this year is greater than ever.

           Each year the school support drive has been a great success. “This program provides an excellent opportunity to support our local schools by supplying the resources students need to start the school year,” says First National Bank President, Daryl Aubuchon.

The Bank is asking for cash donations to provide resources to local schools. Donations need to be mailed or dropped off no later than August 1st. In Trinidad, donations are being collected at the Main Bank at 100 East Main Street, Motor Bank or Wal-Mart Branch. In Walsenburg, donations need to be dropped off or mailed to the Huerfano County Branch located at 135 West Sixth Street. In Raton, drop off or mail donations to the First National Loan Production Office in the Dona Ana Shopping Center at 1247 South Second Street. The First National Bank in Trinidad will match $1,000 in donations in each community, for a total of $3,000 in matched funds. Support will be distributed to area schools in the communities where the donations are collected based upon enrollment numbers, and with these funds each school will be able to assist students as needed.

            “Unfortunately, we cannot provide all of our young people with idyllic childhoods, but we can provide them with the minimum requirements they need to grow up into self-supporting and contributing adult members of society. The First National Bank in Trinidad, the Huerfano County Branch, and First National Loan Production Office strive throughout the year to support the youth in the communities we serve.” Mr. Aubuchon added, “We hope our efforts will bring an added awareness to the responsibility we have within these communities, and that others will join us to make a difference in the lives of the children who are our future.”

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In 2023, First National Loan Production Office President, Diana Sanchez, presented a check for $2,000 to Zia Youth President, Linda Headley. Community donations totaling $1,000 were matched, dollar for dollar, by the Loan Production Office. Pictured (L to R) are Rhea Jojola, Thomas Nolan, Jeff McLean, Linda Headley, Diana Sanchez and Jadin Lunn.

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Last year, Trinidad Middle School staff were presented with a check for their portion of the $6,415.60 in donations received in support of eleven schools in Las Animas County, which included $1,000 in matching funds from The First National Bank in Trinidad. Pictured (L to R) are Sharon Barrett, Admin. Assistant, Lisa Glorioso, Science teacher/Athletic Director, Deanna Pachelli, Principal, Michael Guadagnoli, Assistant Principal, and Sherry Hinchley, Admin. Assistant.

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Bank employee, Desaray Martinez, presents a check for $1,850 to Peaky Panther (also known as Principal Lacey Byron) at Peakview School, one of five Huerfano County Schools to receive a portion of the funds. The Huerfano County Branch received $5,904.30 in cash donations last year, of which the Bank matched $1,000.