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.
On March 2nd, Ryan Kahoun, Brandon Truhn, Veronica Bernal, 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.
As part of their service at the Madison Senior Center, PSL students Brian Blake '15, Matt Leiden '15, and Ian Mayher '15 work almost as hard as they play. They facilitate weekly bingo games, organize recreational activities, and help Director Carol Billetter with day-to-day operations that the support nearly 400 senior citizens in eastern Lake County. Because the Madison Senior Center is a congregate lunch site for Meals on Wheels, they also help provide daily lunches for members.
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).
Seven PSL students embarked on a one day plunge to explore how immigration issues affect Northeast Ohio. Students met with representatives from HOLA, Immigration, Customs, & Enforcement (ICE), and the International Services Center of Cleveland (ISC), in order to gain a variety of perspectives on the topic. While visiting the ISC, students heard the immigration stories of refugees from Afghanistan, Burma, and Nepal who were recently resettled in the Cleveland area.
Record Breaking Year for the Holiday Food Drive
PSL students conducted the annual Holiday Food Drive by collecting donations at PHS, IGA, and Giant Eagle. 4,130 pounds of groceries and $1,754 was donated directly to The Perry Center. Moreover, PSL volunteers also raised $2,634 for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. Thanks to everyone who helped make this a record breaking year!
News Herald Article Features PSL Students at Clothe-A-Child
Five PSL students are volunteering with Clothe-A-Child this school year. Their experiences helping some of Lake County's younger residents meet their basic needs is the topic of a News Herald article that appeared in the December 12th addition.
Perry Center Tour Reveals Needs
On Monday, December 1st students in the PSL program toured the Perry Center with Mr. Art Buser. Mr. Buser explained that the Perry Center provides assistance to people who live, work, or worship in Perry. In addition to food and taxable items, the Perry Center helps individuals who are struggling to pay their rent and utility bills. The center is staffed entirely by volunteers. As a result, 96.5% of every dollar donated goes directly to helping community members in need. If you would like to make a donation to The Perry Center please visit their web page.
Perry Community Walk & Roll
PSL and W.A.G.S. 4 Kids are teaming up to host the 5th annual Perry Community Walk & Roll on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015. This event is designed to bring awareness of the abilities of people with special needs. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. with Nick Walczak, a survivor of the Chardon High School shooting, sharing his rehabilitation story. The event concludes with a 1 mile walk in the Community Fitness Center where participants can try simulations and learn about local organizations that serve people with special needs. Free t-shirts will be provided to the first 50 people who complete the awareness walk. Click here to register for the event.
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.