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SYSK: Student Jason Andriano volunteers to help other students

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

When school's out for the day, the last thing most students want to do is go to another school. But that's exactly what Jason Andriano does once a week.

"I come here and I help the kids just further develop their skills," said Jason Andriano.

Each Wednesday, Jason visits Jen Witte's special education class at Lou Henry Elementary.

"I find it rewarding, and I like the reaction on the kids' faces when they learn something new," he said.

The 13-year-old is a student at Hoover Middle School. He started volunteering five years ago.

"My fourth grade teacher Mrs. Smith started me and another student coming down here and I've just continued it all the way through," said Andriano.

Teacher Jen Witte said Jason can jump in on any lesson.

"They love him, and they look forward to it every week," said teacher Jen Witte.

Witte said Jason is great with her students.

He's patient, calm and a good leader.

"It is fun, and I will continue to come back year after year as long as I can," said Andriano.

Which is exactly what Jen Witte is hoping, despite Jason going off to high school next year.

"If he has time. I don't expect him to. I know he's growing up and moving on, but you can tell where his heart is, and he wants to be here and that's what's important," said Witte.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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