Last year, Trinidad High School student volunteers (L-to-R), Alberto, Ricky and Bill Felthager helped sort and box $3,900 in school supplies that were delivered to 12 Las Animas County schools.

The First National Bank in Trinidad is holding its 19th annual School Supply Drive to collect for local school children.

“Many students start school without the necessary supplies to participate in class. This program has been an excellent opportunity to help,” says event organizer and Bank Vice President, Chris Egland. “There are area 12 schools to which we distribute supplies, and the need is great.”  

School supplies needed include pencils, erasers, 12-inch rulers, crayons, glue, scissors, backpacks and notebook paper. Cash donations are also accepted. Donations need to be dropped off no later than Friday, August 2, at The First National Bank in Trinidad main bank downtown, at the motor bank on First Street, or at the Walmart Branch.

 First National will match the first $1,000 in donations. School supplies will be distributed to area schools based upon enrollment numbers, and teachers will be able to give the supplies to the students as needed.

“Unfortunately, we cannot provide all 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.

‘First National strives throughout the year to support the youth in our area.” Egland added, “We hope our efforts will bring an added awareness of the responsibility we have within the community, and that others will join with us to make a difference in the lives of the children who are our future.”

For more information call the First National Bank at 100 E. Main St., Trinidad at 719-846-9881.

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