When the pandemic required Trinidad School District No. 1 to go to remote learning, First National Bank in Trinidad stepped up to help ensure that families could connect online.

“When we began our 20th annual school supply drive last summer, it was evident that we needed to revise our plan for the possibility of remote learning.  We contacted all eleven schools in Las Animas County to determine each school’s specific needs,” said Chris Egland, vice president & marketing officer at The First National Bank in Trinidad.

“Trinidad School District No. 1 had a number of students who would be attending school online who needed financial assistance with Internet connectivity.”

Annually, the First National Bank hosts a school supply drive to supply Trinidad School District with pens, pencils, paper and generic office supplies.

The onset of COVID-19 changed the Trinidad learning environment as Colorado schools transitioned to online learning.

This posed a challenge for many families who had to gather new resources to adjust to online learning.

“Through generous donations from several businesses in the community, and in cooperation with Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, we were able to provide Internet to 47 households for eight months,” said Egland.

Internet coverage will be supplied through the Comcast Internet Essentials program until the end of the 2020-21 school year.

“We are so blessed to have the community come together in support of our students while we are in remote learning,” said Trinidad School District 1 Superintendent Dr. Bonnie Aaron.

While the bank’s sponsorship offer for Trinidad School District 1 students closed to new families on Dec. 31, qualified local families eligible for public assistance programs can still sign up for Internet Essentials from Comcast and get high-speed internet for $9.95 a month, as well as computers at a discounted price.

“Trinidad School District No. 1 is very fortunate to have Chris Egland at First National Bank solicit donations for Internet access for our students,” said Aaron.

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