Three Counties – Twenty-Three Schools – $7,500 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! 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.
“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.
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.