Jefferson Award Winner 8 Years Later

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BRYAN - Lester Banks, Jr. took home a Jefferson Award in 2006 for his work with kids - at places like church and the Boys and Girls Club.

Eight years later, you can still see the love the Bryan High School security guard has for kids.

"I want people to understand that it's not about money. It's about going back to your community," Banks said.

After winning the award, Banks was selected to represent the Brazos Valley which meant a trip to Washington, DC to meet other Jefferson award winners from around the country.

"Hearing the speakers talking and encouraging people about receiving that award made me want to just come back to Bryan/College Station and do more."

Like any ideal Jefferson Award winner, all he wants to do is pay it forward.

"One of my priorities was when I got through school and got through my education I was going to come back and do the same for somebody else,"said Banks.

"My heart is for kids and for the people of the Brazos Valley," Banks said in his 2006 acceptance speech at the George Bush Presidential Library.