An educator at the Agua Dulce Indpendent School District was recognized recently for the work he does above and beyond the call of duty in that community.

Aaron Bonds, a coach and teacher at ADISD, received the "Texas Heroes" award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Terry Mills, president of the Corpus Christi chapter of the NAACP, presented the award to Bonds during a Nov. 15 banquet.

"Because he is giving back to the community, we only thought it was proper and fitting that we recognize him," Mills said. "He has made a difference not only in society, but in the community."

Mills pointed out that the award was issued at the state level of the NAACP, and said Bonds' work in the small community of Agua Dulce had earned him high praise.

"He does a lot of mentoring and tutoring for the community," Mills said. "He gives back a lot to the community by tutoring those kids that are below the poverty line. He has done that for years."

Bonds thanked the organization for the honor, and said his goal is to teach children the importance of determination and self-discipline.

"I'm doing something for the community, trying to make a difference for the kids," Bonds said. "Everything depends on Y-O-U. You've got to be structured about it, you've got to be positive about it."