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.
Kenzie Bort, class of '15, engages the therapeutic power of horses to discover and nurture the special abilities of individuals at Fieldstone Farm and Therapeutic Riding Center in Geauga County.
On March 2nd, Ryan Kahoun, Brandon Truhn, Veronica Bernal-Ramirez, and Dustin Gilbert traveled to the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities Willoughby Workshop to share Dr. Seuss books with individuals in habilitation groups as part of Read Across America Day. The trip also afforded students the opportunity to see how Deepwood Industries provides meaningful work to people with special needs and valuable service to local businesses.
Since the 2005-06 school year, over 500 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. You can also submit news about exciting events in your life (graduating from college, promotions, job changes, weddings, and births).
DOCUMERICA: Northeast Ohio Edition 2015 Student Photos
In March 2015, students in the Perry Service Learning (PSL) program were charged with taking photographs to assess the impact of humans on the environment in Northeast Ohio. All photos were judged by Mr. Jeffrey Goodman, a PHS teacher and award winning photographer. Click here to view the top student entries.
Perry Community Walk & Roll
PSL and W.A.G.S. 4 Kids teamed up to host the 5th annual Perry Community Walk & Roll on March 4th, 2015. The program featured Jack Wolf, the Muscular Dystrophy Association's ambassador for the state of Ohio, as the keynote speaker. The event concluded with a 1 mile walk in the Community Fitness Center where participants tried simulations and learned about local organizations that serve people with special needs. Click here to see the event featured on the local evening news.
Know me. Not my disability.
PSL students concluded their unit on topics in special education by preparing simulations that highlighted the abilities of people with disabilities. The simulations represented a variety of topics including mental health, physical impairments, and developmental disabilities. The best simulations were invited to present at the Community Walk & Roll on March 4th. To see pictures from this year's simulations, please click here.
Student Philanthropists Prepare to Award $2,000 to Non-profits
For the third consecutive year, PSL student philanthropists will be awarding $2,000 to deserving non-profits in partnership with the Magnified Giving program. On April 13th, students will review grant applications of the three finalists: Birthright, Ronald McDonald House, and PAWS. Official results will be posted on Monday, April 20th.
Community Green Day
Community Green Day takes place on Saturday, April 25th. Volunteers are needed to clean public areas, conduct a beach clean-up, and prepare the PHS Giving Garden for Spring planting. The Perry Women's League will be providing a free lunch for all who participate. For details and to register, please click here.
Click here to learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities. Students in PSL who participate in three extra service opportunities by the end of April can earn a reduced service requirement for the final grading period.
"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.