Three Counties – Twenty-Three Schools – $7,500 in Supplies Donated

(L to R) Huerfano County Branch Bank employees Alexa Pino and Ann Caffey sort and organize supplies for Huerfano County schools.

The school supply drive recently held by The First National Bank in Trinidad and its branch locations was, once again, an overwhelming success! The eighteenth annual donation drive brought in a total of over $5,200 in school supplies and cash donations, and $2,300 was matched by First National. The $7,500 worth of supplies were distributed to the twenty-three 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, Eckhart Elementary, G.O.A.L. Academy, Trinidad Middle School and Trinidad High School, Gardner, La Veta and Walsenburg Schools, Longfellow, Raton Intermediate School, Raton High School, Springer, Maxwell and Cimarron Public Schools. Each school received a percentage of the donated supplies gathered in their corresponding counties based upon enrollment numbers; the teachers will then distribute them to the children who have a need.

(L to R) Trinidad High School Students, Alberto (sophomore), Ricky (junior) and Bill (senior) Felthager helped sort and box the supplies for delivery. These three boys also delivered supplies to several area schools in Las Animas County.

“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, Comi Funeral Home, Velma Piacentini, Raymond Gonzales, Trinidad/Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce, Keith H. Maberry, Bradley and Julie Hagan, Frank Ortiz, International Bank, Tom Beardslee, Sr., Robert Skalko, U.M.W.A. Local 6126, Frank and Sophie Leone, Dale Parks, Confederacion Mutualista Mexicana e Hispano-Americana, Earl, Jr. and Sue Nesbitt, Trinidad Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Trinidad, Cynthia Wold, Judge Jesse Manzanares, Ret., Trinidad Area Health Association – Mt. San Rafael Hospital employees, The Extra Step Foundation, Col. Louis and Jo Ann Simpleman. Walsenburg donors included: Jerry Skrzynear, Carolyn Robinson, FCE Council, Tracy Atkinson, Nicki Bocim, Virginia Cusimano, Shirley Y Garcia, and Kathleen Stephens. Raton Donors included: Tom & Fonda Davis, Stella Sintas, Conchita Sintas, Janet Laros, Connie Asuncion, Carlos & Adelita Craig, Clara Ortega, Lucille Vigil Arvizo, Nancy Apodaca, Leroy & Debbie Sandoval, Ron & Debbie Chavez. The Bhatty Foundation matched the First National Loan Production Office and other cash donations for a total match of $1,300.00 in Colfax County. Many anonymous donors also contributed.

(L to R) Doris Berry assisted with sorting and packing school supplies for delivery to twelve schools in Las Animas County.

Volunteers who helped with sorting and delivering supplies in Trinidad this year were Doris Berry, and Trinidad High School students, Bill, Alberto and Ricky Felthager. Also helping in various capacities were First National Bank employees Connie Brown, Roberta Noel and Jenny Garrison. Chris Egland organized the project in Trinidad, Ann Caffey was assisted by Alexa Pino at the Huerfano County Branch, and in Raton, Diana Sanchez, and Marc SanRoman were assisted by Marc’s daughter Mykayla.

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

Ready for sorting . . . a total of $3,884 in school supplies were donated to The First National Bank in Trinidad’s school supply drive in Las Animas County.
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