The students at Clearfield High School are learning a great deal at school – and it’s not all from their books. Jeffrey Weston has been working at the school as a janitor for almost 30 years – overcoming the challenges he faces with his cerebral palsy. His cerebral palsy limits Weston’s ability to walk and talk, but it doesn’t affect his ability to serve at the school.
Weston’s popularity is pervasive, and the students at the school are constantly stopping to say hello to him or to throw out an encouraging word. As Jan Boyington, the community relations director at Clearfield High School said, “He has become the school mascot, so to speak, and now he’s just a part of the school.”
Weston falls quite often, and he wears gloves on his hand to protect himself in these situations. When asked about his falls, he simply says, “It’s hard, but I know I just have to get back up.”
Weston has recently been inducted into the Clearfield High School alumni hall of fame. He received a standing ovation during the ceremony, just as he had when he graduated from the same school so many years before. Those around him have learned so much from Weston and his indomitable spirit. When asked how he manages to stay so positive, Weston explained, “I’m happy because I try to be kind. I know I am a child of God, and I know where I’m going.”