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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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.
Hannah is also encouraging others to support US legislation that could help alleviate poverty in countries like Haiti. Click here for more details and to support this cause.
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.
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 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. Students spent the year researching agencies that meet unmet needs in our community, evaluated grant applications, and conducted site visits. 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.
Bobcats remain undefeated
The PHS boys and girls basketball teams dropped a close game to the undefeated Broadmoor Bobcats on March 11th but there were smiles all around. The game is one of many events held during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to raise awareness about the abilities of people with special needs.
PES Ability Awareness Program
PSL students traveled to the elementary school on March 2nd and 3rd to share simulations they developed with students in the third and fourth grade design learning classes. The simulations were designed to highlight the abilities of people with autism, communication disorders, Tourette syndrome, Down syndrome, dyslexia, anxiety disorders, and cerebral palsy.
Garden Named Ohio Seed Keeper Project Winner
On February 28th, The Seed Keeper Company named the Giving Garden its Ohio Seed Keeper Project winner. The PSL students who tend the garden will receive a Seed Keeper Home Farmer Kit, membership in the Seeds of the Month Club, and the essential gardening companion book - Garden-pedia. The award comes just in time to help us make 2016 the garden's best year yet. Special thanks to Kathie Pohl for the nomination.
Trip Explores Employability of People with Special Needs
On Thursday, February 25th, seven PSL students had the opportunity to visit several organizations in our community that advocate to include people with special needs in the workforce. The itinerary included stops at the Lake County Historical Society, C.A.R.E.S., Unique Like Me, and the Lake County Board of DD Willoughby Workshop. The students also met Diane Swatowski who shared her personal story of finding work after graduating from Kent.
Green Day Volunteers Needed!
Community Green Day will take place on Saturday, April 23rd. Volunteers are needed to assist with clean-ups at the Lake Erie Bluffs, public parks, and the homes of local senior citizens. A crew is also needed to help prepare the PHS Giving Garden for Spring planting. If you can help, please register here. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers courtesy of the Perry Women's League.
Roger Grein Spirit of Philanthropy Special Recognition
Students who have done extraordinary work with Magnified Giving are encouraged to apply for the Roger Grein Spirit of Philanthropy Award. This special award is named after the founder of Magnified Giving who exemplifies philanthropy through his lifelong commitment to giving back to his fellow man. Previously PSL winners include Kendra Lutes, '13 and Julie Gyure, '15. For consideration, please complete the application by March 23rd.
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.
"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.