8th Grade, Aberdeen Middle School
"I like community service because it helps others. It makes them feel better and it makes me feel great. It's a good opportunity to do something nice and to make others happy."
Jayson Clarke, 12, is a member of the all-youth board of advisors of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc. Since March 2019, he has volunteered to help with several of the nonprofit’s projects. Most notable are the Eggstra Special Easter Bags-kits, where he joined Stewartstown United Methodist Church's youth group and We Cancerve in a massive stuffing party and distribution event designed to give more than 200 bagskits to area foster children. Jayson was also a key member of the 2019 We Cancerve Camp Happy planning committee where he helped brainstorm activities for youth at both camp sites, including a smash field trip to a local estuary. He showed leadership skills as a member of the Goals for Grace 2019 planning committee, helping organize volunteers, donations and decorations.
Jayson is a member of the National Junior Honor Society , an accomplishment he says he's looking forward to in the upcoming years. He said he's also looking forward to doing great work in my school and in the community
Jayson said the earliest act of community service that he recalls is serving a meal at a homeless shelter when he was in 4th grade, along with the help of his mom, brother, and 4th grade teacher. "I enjoyed helping cook because it meant a lot to the residents and it felt good helping them."
Jayson has achieved honor roll every quarter in 6th grade at Aberdeen Middle School plus in 2018, he also received a Presidents Award for Academic Excellence at his 5th grade ceremony at Church Creek Elementary School.
He enjoys basketball : watching and playing it! He's a member of the Emmorton Rec team. He also likes to draw, particularly cartoons and animations at his desk when he comes home from school. He has also been doing Mixed Martial Arts for the past four years.