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
Antonia (Orosz) Gaskill, PSL Class of 2007, served as the Logistics Coordinator of Cleveland State Univesity's Viking Expeditions during her freshmen year of college. This program included service-learning experiences in Cleveland and hurricane relief efforts in New Orleans. She has been happily married for 8 years and has two children. She graduated from Savannah Technical College in Georgia while her husband proudly served in the Army and moved back to Ohio with her family in 2012. Antonia is a Resource Scheduler at Lincoln Electric and is the current President of the Machine Division Diversity Council which raised $15,000 for the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio and $2,000 for the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. She coordinates programs to address diversity and inclusion issues in the workplace and plans monthly trips for her co-workers to serve at the Cleveland Foodbank. She is also a member of class of 2017 LEADDiversity program through the Diversity Center of Northeast.
Roger Grein Visits PSL
Roger Grein, the founder of Magnified Giving, shared his personal story and life of philanthropic endeavors with PSL students on Friday, November 18th. Students from Wickliffe High School's new service learning class were also in attendance for the presentation.
On Tuesday, November 15th, six PSL students toured the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation (SOI) SOI is the first platform school in Ohio that infuses STEM curriculum and instructional practices with a focus on design focused learning. This trip coincided with our study of education reform topics and was particularly relevant to students who volunteer in educational settings or aspire to a career in education.
Making New Gardens Grow
PSL volunteers teamed up with students from Perry Elementary School to spruce up the grounds near the wooden playground and bus loop. Under the guidance of Mrs. Jodi Hicks, 4th graders worked to update two garden beds with colorful perennials, while the PSL students shared their gardening expertise.
Cincinnati Urban Plunge
On September 29th and 30th, four PSL students traveled to the University of Cincinnati to attend the Mayerson High School Service Learning workshop. Students also served at Winton Place Youth Center, Shelterhouse, and St. Francis Seraph soup kitchen. The experience afforded students to meet people who are transforming lives through their service and discover innovative practices from other schools with service learning programs.
PSL one of nine programs selected to pilot new tool
PSL was selected to be one of nine programs to pilot Magnified Giving's new non-profit analysis tool known as the LENS. This tool allows students to objectively rate non-profits and ultimately will help them decide how to allocate $2,000 in grant money this year.
Welcome Class of 2017
The PSL program extends a warm welcome to the class of 2017. This year's class consists of 68 seniors. In addition to volunteering at long time partner agencies such as Hospice, Broadmoor, and Lifeline, the students are also establishing new relationships at Holy Cat Whiskers, Lake Metroparks Environmental Learning Center, and resurrecting the Seniors Helping Seniors program.
12th Annual Holiday Food Drive
The 12th Annual PSL Holiday Food Drive for the Perry Center will run from December 2nd through Dec. 9th. In addition to collecting donations from 2nd block classrooms at Perry High School, PSL students will also collect monetary donations for the Perry Center and the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign outside of Rideout's IGA.
Su Casa Plunge
The PSL program will make its 14th trip to Su Casa on Dec. 1st. Su Casa is a homeless shelter on the south side of Chicago serving women and their children. This unique experience enables students to live alongside the people they serve for four days.
It's hard to believe, but we are nearly halfway through the 2016-2017 school year. As part of reflection process, students will be participating in Midterm Conferences that allow them to reflect on the meaning and purpose of their service experiences, and to articulate how their actions affect our community. Click HERE for more information on this reflection process.
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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.
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.