Perry Service Learning (PSL) is an elective for seniors at Perry High School that combines English and social studies curricula with volunteer opportunities to promote social involvement through education and service.
Welcome class of 2018
PSL will welcome its 13th class in August. The 2017-18 school year promises to be a memorable one for the PSL program with the launch of the Pirate Power Pack program. Prospective students are encouraged to review the partner agency page and begin to think about where they would like to serve. Students are also welcome to knock out some extra hours in the PHS Giving Garden this summer.
Student Quick Links
Document the days/times you need to be in a different location for ICE.
Access the resources available to you during Career Mentoring and beyond.
Document your weekly service hours as well as an extra volunteer hours.
A Caring Environment for Cats
Kayli Aker, '17 has always had a connection with animals. A member of the Lake County 4-H Club and a former intern at a local veterinary clinic, Kayli knew she wanted to care for cats and dogs as part of her PSL experience. She reached out to Holy Cat Whiskers, a stray and feral cat rescue located in Madison. In addition to creating an experience that will prepare her for a future career caring for animals, Kayli's efforts also introduced the PSL Program to a new partner agency.
For more information about Holy Cat Whiskers, please click here.
If you are a local non-profit agency looking to work with PSL volunteers, please click here.
Shanon Romano, PSL class of 2012, graduated from the University of Findlay in 2016 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. UPon graduation, she accepted a position as the lead preschool teacher at Puentes Early Learning Institute in the Dominican Republic. She will be returning for the 2017-2018 school year as the lead English teacher. Shanon volunteered at Broadmoor through the PSL program.
Renee Redenshek, PSL class of 2014, is majoring in Child and Family Studies at Ohio University. In 2016, she volunteered with Give Kids the World, a nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. She recently began a practicum with St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa, Florida in order to become a Child Life Specialist. Renee reports that her PSL service experiences at Su Casa and the Perry preschool were talking points in her practicum interview. She plans to graduate from OU in 2018.
We want to hear from you
Since the 2005-06 school year, over 600 students participated in the Perry Service Learning (PSL) program. If you are a graduate of Perry High School who participated in the PSL program, we'd like to hear from you. Please complete this form and we'll share your news on this web page. Let us know how you've continued to serve others and work for justice since your days as a Pirate.
PSL Students Award $1,000 Grant to Homeless Vets
PSL students held an award ceremony on May 4th to distribute $2,000 in grant money to nonprofits that are meeting unmet needs in Northeast Ohio. This year, the students selected The Sub Zero Mission, an organization that serves homeless veterans as the recipient of a $1,000 grant. The students also awarded $600 to the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and $400 to Crossroads of Lake County.
PSL and Broadmoor School are celebrating over a decade of collaboration that has resulted in powerful experiences for students from both schools. Our volunteers have been provided with meaningful service experiences, many of which led to important career decisions, while students at Broadmoor have built incredible relationships with typical peers.
Students Celebrate Earth Day
Over 50 students, parents, teachers and community members served on Green Day. The event was marked by a ceremonial tree planting in the PHS cafeteria courtyard, several senior citizen yard clean-ups, a beach clean-up at the Lake Erie Bluffs, and preparing the Giving Garden for spring planting. Special thanks to the Perry Women's League, OSU Agricultural Extension Office, and Klyn Nursery for their support of this year's event.
Students attend the curious incident of the dog in the night-time at Playhouse Square
As part of Developmental Disabilities month, eight PSL students attended the Tony Award-winning play the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. Thank you to Playhouse Square for providing these learning experiences for students!
GenerationOn awards grant to support STEM-based service project
The Perry Service Learning Program was selected to receive a STEM grant provided by GenerationOn to support an upcoming service project. Check back soon to see how this grant is kickstarting a project that will serve students at Perry Elementary School!
ServeOhio awards GYSD grant to PSL's Giving Garden
ServeOhio awarded their 2017 Global Youth Service Day grant to PSL's Giving Garden. Their generous support coincides with our upcoming Community Green Day, and ensures resources that allow us to provide fresh produce to The Perry Center, teach Perry students about sustainable growing techniques, and engage Perry students in a rich and relevant experiential learning environment.
PSL students participate in A Night to Shine
PSL students, alumni, and family collaborated with the Paineville Baptist Church, Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Lake Erie College, and the Tim Tebow Foundation to host an unforgettable prom experience for people with special needs. Read the News Herald article highlighting the extraordinary event HERE.
PSL & Perry Center Launch