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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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.
Breaking the Campus Bubble
Tori Wisnieski, PSL class of '13, teamed up with her roommate at The Ohio State University to form a new student group called "Breaking the Campus Bubble." This new service-learning organization pairs students with service opportunities and holds regular reflection discussions. The purpose of this organization is to arrive at a deeper understanding of the Columbus community and how people just outside of campus live. In its inaugural year, the club already has 50 members and plans to serve at a homeless shelter, food pantry, and after school program.
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 Hosts Prom Fashion Show
Twenty-two PHS students visited with the residents of Brookdale at Mentor on May 9th and modeled the latest prom fashions. This annual event affords seniors at PHS the opportunity to interact with residents in this senior living community.
Environmental Justice the Focus of Annual PSL photo contest
In April, PSL students were charged with capturing photographs showing the state of the environment in Northeast Ohio. This project is modeled off of the EPA's Documerica project in the 1970s. All entries were judged by Mr. Goodman, a PHS teacher and award winning photographer. To see this year's winning entries click here.
70 Volunteers Join Together to Make Green Day a Success
Perry celebrated Earth Day by sponsoring the annual Community Green Day on Saturday, April 23rd. Over 70 students, parents, and community volunteers conducted clean-ups at the Lake Erie Bluffs, public parks, and the homes of local senior citizens. A crew also helped to prepare the PHS Giving Garden for Spring planting. Special thanks to the Perry Women's League for hosting a luncheon for all volunteers.
PSL students award $2,000 to deserving non-profits
With support from Magnified Giving, the PSL class of 2016 awarded $2,000 to deserving non-profits in our community. The first place, $1,000 grant, went to Hospice of the Western Reserve. The second place, $600 grant, went to Achievement Centers for Children. The third place, $400 grant went to Crossroads of Lake County.
Register for Shantytown
PSL will host its annual Shantytown event to raise awareness about ending youth homelessness on September 25th. This year we are partnering with Project Hope's Families Moving Forward program in Painesville, Ohio to to learn how our community addresses the issue of homeless youth. Registration is now closed. Students will be notified via email if they were accepted to participate in the experience.
Cincinnati Urban Plunge
On September 29th and 30th, seven PSL students will travel to the University of Cincinnati to attend the Mayerson High School Service Learning workshop. Students will also have the opportunity to explore issues of poverty and homelessness by serving at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, and after school program for children who are at risk in the inner city. To attend, please express interest by completing this form by Wednesday, August 31st.
Welcome Class of 2017
The PSL program extends a warm welcome to the class of 2017. Mr. Soeder and Mrs. Trentanelli will meet individually with students who signed up for PSL in the coming weeks to learn more about them and discuss volunteer options. Students are encouraged to review the PSL partner agency page with their parents or guardians and determine which organizations they would like to serve. Students may also peruse the PSL web page to begin to think about the topics we will explore in 2016-17.
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.
"Never doubt that a group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
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.