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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PSL Students Assist with Animal Care at Lake Humane Society
Connor VanDeweel, class of '16, assists with animal care and daily maintenance at Lake Humane Society in Mentor, Ohio. Although just 3 hours/week of service are required, Connor routinely volunteers 6 hours/week or more. He is pictured with Sammy, a year old miniature/mix poodle in need of a home. To adopt and learn more please click here.
Sears Serves Salvation Army
Ryan Sears, class of '16, prepares food, cleans dishes, rolls silverware, and does whatever else is asked of him at the Salvation Army soup kitchen in Painesville. Ryan also started a motivational quotes service designed to combat negativity and positively influence the lives of nearly 200 subscribers every day. To subscribe to this free service text the message "@positiveq" to this number: 81010.
Megan Reid, PSL class of 2013, will graduate early from The University of North Carolina Wilmington this Spring with a Bachelors in Recreation Therapy and a minor in psychology. She credits her PSL volunteer experience at Broadmoor with helping her find her career path. This summer she hopes to secure an internship in a rehabilitation setting.
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.
Education Reform Field Trips
In November, PSL students visited Breakthrough Charter Schools and Ginn Academy during their study of education reform to learn about the impact of school culture on student outcomes. These innovative schools are developing exemplary students with innovative educational practices.
Youth United Way Wants You
United Way of Lake County is recruiting students from Perry High School for the 2016 Youth United Way program. The Perry representatives will have the opportunity to collaborate with students from area high schools to award $10,000 in real money to agency program(s) that are making a different in Lake County. The program runs from January-April 2016 and consists of six sessions (typically on Sundays). Sessions will include speakers, youth presentations, site visits, and the final allocation session. There is no fee to participate and it looks great on both college & scholarship applications. Please express interest in writing by emailing Mr. Soeder by December 1st.
Shantytown Looks at Refugees
Twenty-five students spent the night of October 4th sleeping in tents outside of the PSL Center for Civic Engagement and learning about refugees through the annual Shantytown event. Students raised $250 for the International Services Center that helps to relocate refugees in Northeast Ohio.
Cincinnati urban plunge
Seven PSL students traveled south to Cincinnati on Sept. 24th and 25th to serve at Winton Place Youth Center, Shelterhouse, and St. Francis Seraph Soup Kitchen. Students also attended the Mayerson High School Service Learning workshop at the University of Cincinnati.
Class of '16 serves the community
90 members of the PSL Class of 2016 began volunteering at over 30 different locations on September 8th. Many students are serving at Lake Health, Hospice, Perry Schools, the YMCA, the Lake County Humane Society, and Madison Senior Center. PSL also welcomes several new service partners this year including Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Salida Woods, HandsOn Physical Therapy, Painesville Assembly of God, and Ronald McDonald House. If your organization would like PSL volunteers, please complete this form.
PHS to hold Holiday Food Drive in December for the Perry Center
Students in the PSL program will facilitate a food drive from December 4-11 to benefit the Perry Center. Students will conduct a classroom competition at Perry High School between 2nd block classroom to see which class brings in the most items. Students will also be stationed at the entrance of IGA to collect food donations for the Perry Center and cash donations for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign.
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.
Help Wanted: Elves
Santa Claus will be visiting Perry Elementary School on Wednesday, Dec. 23rd from 9-11 a.m. and is in need of 3 high school volunteers to serve as elves as his regular elves will be busy packing his sleigh in the North Pole that day. This opportunity is only available for PHS students with late arrival and PSL during block 2. Email Mr. Soeder is you are interested.
PSL will take its 11th annual trip to Su Casa, a shelter serving victims of domestic violence in Chicago from Dec. 3-6, 2015. This is a unique opportunity for students to live among the people they serve.
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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.