LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Crosbyton High School teacher and coach Todd Bass is the eighth recipient of KCBD's One Class At A Time donation and recognition sponsored by Frontier Dodge and Spirit Automotive.
Bass has been an educator for 33 years and 14 of those have been spent at Crosbyton ISD. He teaches high school U.S. History and coaches boy's cross country, boy's varsity basketball as well as long distance runners and high jumpers in track.
"My dad was a pretty smart guy and he told me to figure out what I liked to do and figure out a way to make a living doing it," Bass said. "Sports, kids: it seemed like a pretty natural fit."
Through online nominations, Bass was selected to receive a check for $500. The program gives the teacher a chance to choose a charity or non-profit that will also receive $500.
"It's very humbling," Bass said. "I feel very honored. It's very much a blessing to me, knowing there are people out there that appreciate what you do."
Many nominations for Bass revealed his family's efforts beyond the classroom to invite the student-led Fellowship of Christian Athletes group to their home for regular meetings.
"It blesses us, me and my wife, as much as it does the kids or more," Bass said. "Just to see them in a different environment and seeing them have a good time, but most importantly in an atmosphere they are being exposed to Jesus."
Bass chose the Crosbyton Volunteer Fire Department to receive the additional $500 because of its efforts to keep the Crosbyton community safe, especially during the South Plains' season of ongoing fire dangers. The check was presented to Mayor and Assistant Fire Chief Dusty Cornelius and Fire Chief Jim Justus.
"They get called out all the time and it is a volunteer fire department," Bass said. "We know they have expenses they can't cover."
Bass told KCBD he strives to make a positive difference in the lives of his students and athletes, only asking from them a winning effort in the classroom or beyond.
"That's what it's all about," Bass said. "Trying to perform at the highest level we can perform at. If we can do that, I can be happy with that no matter the result, the place, the finish."
To nominate a teacher, click here.