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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Sharing Stories and Making Connections at the Madison Senior Center
The Madison Senior Center has been welcoming PSL students for more than a decade, and Class of 2019 volunteers Jake Reid, Angela Vicini, and Spencer Kane are continuing the tradition of serving senior citizens in our neighboring community. In addition to helping with special events and holiday parties, these PSL volunteers focus on building relationships with their elders. Director Carol Billetter complimented their efforts to connect with her senior center members, commenting that the students can often be found sharing stories with those who appreciate conversations with a younger generation.
Cooking up Meals at Karpos
Every Monday afternoon, a carload of PSL volunteers arrives at Karpos, a meal ministry program in downtown Painesville. These volunteers assist in meeting the basic needs of people experiencing poverty by preparing and serving wholesome meals alongside volunteers from St. James Church.
Serving Others Overseas
While her studies may have taken her to the Pacific coast, Tayler Sbrocco '13 did not leave her passion for serving others in Northeast Ohio. Tayler is currently a graduate student at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, and she makes an intentional choice to balance her rigorous studies with a variety of service work in the Los Angeles area and beyond.
In the summer of 2018, Tayler traveled to Lourdes, France on a service pilgrimage with a group of students, faculty, alumni from the University of Southern California. This extended trip provided her with the opportunity to serve those visiting the area, especially those with accessibility issues, and gave her the chance to connect closely with pilgrims from around the world. Tayler reflected that, "being able to aid individuals... filled my heart with joy."
PSL Alumni...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.
The Great Costume Bash is a Spooky Success!
PSL students collaborated with the Thriving Threads Clothing Room, Perry Rec, and the Perry Public Library to host The Great Costume Bash, a night of free costume shopping, Halloween-themed crafts, and cookie decorating. The event was held on Tuesday, October 23rd in Manchester West and helped nearly 30 kids in our community find a like-new Halloween costume and have a ghoulishly good time!
Welcome Project SALES
We were pleased to welcome Project SALES to the PSL Center for Civic Engagement on Thursday, October 18th. As this cohort of students from Lake and Geauga counties develop their service and leadership skills, we shared with them our work with the Giving Garden, the Student Philanthropy Program, the Pirate Power Pack Program, Thriving Threads, Opening Minds Through Music, and Shantytown.
Shantytown 2018 Focuses on Natural Disasters and Homelessness
Shantytown 2018 focused on victims of natural disasters, and gave participants the tools they need to respond quickly, intelligently, and thoughtfully in cooperation with other community activists when disaster strikes. Students had the opportunity to learn about Salvation Army's emergency disaster services, to listen to Mrs. Rodriguez's experiences with Hurricane Maria, and to prepare emergency preparedness kits for senior citizens in our community.
"Never doubt that a group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
2018 Holiday Food Drive
PSL students will be collaborating with the Perry Center and the Salvation Army for our annual Holiday Food Drive event. Students will be holding a food drive at PHS in early December to collect items for the Pirate Power Pack Program and the Perry Center. Students will also be supporting the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign outside of Rideout's IGA.
PSL & Perry Center Launch