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Top student finds time to teach others

Cool Kid Roger Chen
April 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
He's a kid who wants to help other kids succeed, and he does it by volunteering. Roger Chen is a Cool Kid who saw a need at his local library. They were desperate for afterschool tutors.

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"I had fairly good grades. I was, you know, ranked number one," said Roger. "But I felt I had something to offer, I could help these people understand their work better, get better grades. It's really -- offer something back."

Many people volunteer through community organizations. In this case, Roger saw a need and wanted to help on his own.

"But I think if I can just go out personally, and develop my own relationship with a volunteer service and over time just really create a bond with these people, it's a lot more rewarding," said Roger. "And it is nice to see these kids succeed."

Not only does he have the desire to help, people see that Roger has the personality that is perfect for these students.

"He's really patient with the children, and he works with them. So it's not like he just looks at the problem and says, 'This is the answer, don't you see that?' He helps them to understand," said library assistant Patricia Heineman

Although the assignments can be difficult, Roger sees that his students get that breakthrough moment.

"At first they've hit this roadblock, and they're kind of there saying, 'Help me, I don't understand it.' But after they understand it, and, 'You know what? I don't need your help anymore.'" said Roger. "Yeah, they don't need my help, but it's great to see they can take it on on their own."

Filling young minds as he fills a need in his neighborhood, he is our Cool Kid, Roger Chen.

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