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.
Lexi Holland, '14 received the Mayerson Foundation Book Award at the PHS Senior Breakfast. This award is given annually to recognize the extraordinary contributions to service of one PSL student. Lexi accumulated over 100 hours of service by serving at Emeritus of Mentor where she painted residents nails on Sundays and assisted residents on shopping trips on Tuesdays. She also particpated in the Cincinnati Urban Plunge and planned the annual Emeritus prom fashion show in May. Lexi will attend the University of Cincinnati where she hopes to obtain a degree in business. For a complete list of previous award winners, please click here.
As a student in PSL, Kendra Lutes ’13 was instrumental in developing the Student Philanthropy Program. She worked closely with the instructors and local non-profit agencies, as well as the Magnified Giving program, to educate, inspire, and engage students in the art of philanthropy. Kendra’s desire to make a difference in the world has continued during her freshman year at Ohio University. She became active in various campus organizations, and continued to find opportunities to connect with non-profits. Because of her hard work and leadership skills, Kendra has been awarded an internship with the Magnified Giving program, where she will continue to help students find ways to share their time, talent and treasure. She has also been elected Vice President of the Student Alumni Board at Ohio University. Kendra also co-facilitated this summer's Teens Leading Change (TLC) Program along with Mr. Soeder and Mrs. Trentanelli.
Learning to be engaged citizens
Students from Mrs. Perry's 3rd grade classroom traveled to the PSL Center for Civic Engagement on September 30th to pack lunches for individuals in the Salvation Army Homeless Intervention Program. PSL students joined in by donating bread, peanut butter, jelly, apples, bottled water, chips, chocolate, and their time to pack 50 lunches. This activity was one of many offered during the unit on poverty and homelessness to teach students about different types of civic engagement: personally responsible citizens, participatory citizens, and transforming citizens.
PSL students learn and serve during annual Cincinnati plunge
Six members of the PSL class of 2015 traveled to Cincinnati on September 23rd and 24th to serve at people at The Drop Inn Center, Winton Place Youth Center, and St. Francis Seraph Soup Kitchen. Students also took part at the 17th annual Mayerson Student Service Leadership Workshop at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to learning about service initiatives at other schools, the PSL program also presented a session titled "Life's a Garden. Dig it. How to Create a Giving Garden at Your School." Click here to see photos from the trip.
PSL Class of 2015 Making History
Although the year is still young, the PSL Class of 2015 is already making history. In addition to being the largest PSL class ever with 112 students, they are also the first group to meet in the PSL Center for Civic Engagement at Manchester West.
PSL Center for Civic Engagement Up and Running
The PSL program officially moved to a new home in 2014. The PSL Center for Civic Engagement will is located in Manchester West in the space formerly occupied by the Lake County Vocational Training Center. The new center features a spacious main classroom, two conference rooms, a library, a kitchen, recycling center, and ample storage space. Moreover, it is conveniently located in the same building as the Perry Center, PWL Clothing Room, Re-Ed ACCESS, the Perry PTA, and Perry Recreation. PSL volunteers have served many of these organizations in the past and the move should serve to strengthen these relationships.
Thanks Class of 2014!
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.
On Sunday, October 12th PHS students will take part in the school's 9th annual Shantytown which will focus on mental illness and the need for supportive housing. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit Extended Housing. Extended Housing is a non-profit based in Painesville, Ohio that focuses on helping mentally ill individuals live in safe homes. This year's event will feature speakers who are currently or formerly homeless, a simple meal of soup and bread, a film, and other activities designed to raise awareness about homelessness in our community. Students will be notified the week of September 29th if they were selected to participate.
Chicago Urban Plunge
The 10th annual Chicago Urban Plunge will take place on December 4th-7th. Students will stay and serve at Su Casa, a homeless shelter serving victims of domestic violence on the south side of the city. To learn more and to sign up, please click here. Students interested in participating should complete an online application by Wednesday, October 1st.
"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.