Comedian visits Special Learning Center youngsters

Comedian Jon Reep is glad-handed by Seth Deyarmond during a visit Thursday morning to staff and students at the Special Learning Center, including director Debbie Hamler  (back) and children Courtney Hoelscher and Travis Anderson. Reep, who was accompanied by wife Genta, performed Thursday night at the annual Moments of Magic fundraiser to benefit the center.

Comedian Jon Reep is glad-handed by Seth Deyarmond during a visit Thursday morning to staff and students at the Special Learning Center, including director Debbie Hamler (back) and children Courtney Hoelscher and Travis Anderson. Reep, who was accompanied by wife Genta, performed Thursday night at the annual Moments of Magic fundraiser to benefit the center. Photo by Julie Smith.

Laughter is always a constant at the Special Learning Center in Jefferson City. But on Thursday, the kids had even more reason to laugh, as comedian Jon Reep toured the facility hours before he headlined one of the center’s largest fundraisers at the Miller Performing Arts Center.

Reep first learned of the center through his brother-in-law, Kyle Trimble, a board member for the organization that serves children with disabilities.

He visited classrooms, and joked with students, assuring some he ....

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