Bryan ISD employee receives national recognition for helping others

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Lester Banks has been an employee with Bryan Independent School District for 28 years. He's the campus monitor supervisor for Bryan High School.

"I think a lot of people are in awe of all the events that he's at, that he volunteers for and helps with. He's not just there to watch or to be a part of what's going on. He's there to help," said Lane Buban, Bryan High School principal.

Not only is Banks always finding a way to help out around the school, but he constantly goes out of his way to help the students. On Wednesday, Banks received recognition for his selfless acts of kindness. He was presented with the national "LifeChanger of the Year" Award.

"It doesn't matter if he's quietly giving some football tickets away to a young man that has improved his attendance, not seeking any recognition for that. Buying a bike for a child who couldn't afford it, not seeking any attention for that." Claire Monaghan from National Life Group said.

Banks said he never expected something like this to happen to him.

"I was just thankful that I was nominated because out of 830 people all over the United States, there's no way in the world I thought I could win. Boy, you just don't how good it feels to be one of those 16 people that's won the spirit award." Banks said.

"They are life-changers to pretty much everyone they meet. People in their community, the students, fellow colleagues, fellow employees of the school. They make a life-changing difference on a daily basis." Monaghan said as she described the recipients of the award.

Banks was awarded $5,000. He keeps half the money and the other half goes to a non-profit organization of his choice.

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