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.
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Preschool to Neuroscience
It might look like child's play, but the work PSL volunteer Olivia Romeo '16 engages in at Fairport Harbor Preschool is important to both her, and the students she serves. The children learn about patterns and repetition through the use of manipulatives, and Olivia gains a deeper understanding of cognitive development in young learners. This experience will help Olivia as she prepares to study neuroscience at Bowling Green State University in the fall of 2016.
Far From Home in Haiti
Hannah Minor, Class of '16, spent part of her winter break far from home. Along with her mother, Hannah traveled to Haiti to participate in an extended service experience. During her time abroad, Hannah engaged in service opportunities that met local needs, and built relationships with community members of all ages. Stay connected to our webpage and Twitter account for more details about Hannah's experiences.
Megan Reid, PSL class of 2013, will graduate early from The University of North Carolina Wilmington this Spring with a Bachelors in Recreation Therapy and a minor in psychology. She credits her PSL volunteer experience at Broadmoor with helping her find her career path. This summer she hopes to secure an internship in a rehabilitation setting.
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.
Students Examine Effect of Immigrants on Northeast Ohio
On January 21st, students had the opportunity to understand how the national debate over immigration is playing out locally by participating in a one day plunge. Participants visited with an officer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Islamic Center of Cleveland, and the International Services Center. The plunge was designed so that students can view the immigration issue from a variety of perspectives.
PSL Holiday Food Drive Raises Needed Funds for Perry Center
Students in the PSL program facilitated a food drive from December 4-11 to benefit the Perry Center. The students collected 3,816 .lbs of donated non-perishable items. Furthermore, the students and staff of PHS raised over $1,100 for our local food bank. PSL volunteers also rang the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign which benefits the Perry Center. Thanks to IGA and everyone who contributed for helping to make this one of the best on record.
PSL made its 11th annual trip to Su Casa, a shelter serving victims of domestic violence in Chicago from Dec. 3-6, 2015. This unique opportunity enabled students to live among the people they serve. While there students prepared evening meals for shelter residents, winterized windows, tutored children, served meals in a community soup kitchen, and worked in the community garden.
Celebrate Giving Tuesday
PSL students, families, and friends are invited to celebrate #GivingTuesday this December by donating #UCPCLE or another deserving non-profit that is making a difference in our community.
Education Reform Field Trips
In November, PSL students visited Breakthrough Charter Schools and Ginn Academy during their study of education reform to learn about the impact of school culture on student outcomes. These innovative schools are developing exemplary students with innovative educational practices.
Support PSL's Student Philanthropy Program
The annual PSL Student Philanthropy Program Campaign is underway. Each year, PSL students award $2,000 in grant money to deserving local non-profits. Previous winners have included the Sub Zero Mission, Give A Wig, Birthright, and Ronald McDonald House. Please consider making a donation to help support this program that not only serves people in need in our community but also teaches students about the art of philanthropy. Donations can be mailed to The Perry Service Learning Program, 1 Success Boulevard, Perry, Ohio 44081. You can also donate online.
Field Trip to Explore Employability of People with Special Needs
On Thursday, February 25th, seven PSL students will have the opportunity to visit several organizations in our community that advocate to include people with special needs in the workforce. The itinerary includes stops at the Lake County Historical Society, C.A.R.E.S., Unique Like Me, and the Lake County Board of DD Willoughby Workshop. Interested students should sign up by Monday, February 8th.
"Never doubt that a group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Calling all green thumbs
The PHS Giving Garden is in need of dedicated student volunteers to weed, water, plant, and harvest this school year. In addition to earning service hours, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that the produce you helped grow is feeding local families who utilize the Perry Center. To sign up and learn more, please click here.