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.
Julie Gyure named Spirit of Philanthropy Award Winner
Congratulations to Julie Gyure for being named the 2015 Roger Grein Spirit of Philanthropy Award Winner. This award is given annually by Magnified Giving to the student who embodies the spirit of philanthropy that the program strives to teach. During the 2014-15 school year, Julie served as the director of the PSL student philanthropy program. Her responsibilities included communicating with over 100 local non-profits, scheduling conference calls, conducting site visits, collecting grant applications, producing videos for the three finalists, and planning award ceremonies. She also worked closely with Mrs. Rzeszotarki on developing a blended learning philanthropy course. She joins Kendra Lutes, class of ’13, as the second PSL graduate to receive this award. Julie will receive a book award, a $100 gift certificate, and a $100 grant to donate to the non-profit of her choice. Next year Julie plans to study organizational leadership at the University of Cincinnati with a minor in human resources and non-profit work.
Since the 2005-06 school year, over 500 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. You can also submit news about exciting events in your life (graduating from college, promotions, job changes, weddings, and births).
PSL students participated in the 10th annual Prom Fashion Show at Brookdale (formerly Emeritus at Mentor). Brookdale residents loved seeing the students dressed up in the latest fashions. Perry students enjoyed the opportunity to meet and bond with the residents during the social that followed the event. For more pictures from the event, please click here.
PSL students & kindergarteners team up for writer's celebration
On Friday, May 1st, PSL teamed up with the kindergarten classrooms for a writer's celebration. This afforded kindergarteners an opportunity to share the narrative and opinion writing they've been working on with an authentic audience. Likewise, PSL students were able to share some stories from their portfolios and reflect on the importance of service with future members of the PSL class of 2027.
Community Green Day
Over 70 volunteers participated in Community Green Day took on April 25th. Activities included a beach clean-up at the Lake Erie Bluffs, prepping the PHS Giving Garden for Spring planting, a Red Mill Creek clean-up, and yard work at a senior citizen home. Special thanks to the Perry Women's League, Lake Metroparks, United Way Club, and Recycling Club for their help in organizing this year's event. For more pictures, please click here.
Welcome class of 2016!
PSL will welcome 96 members of the class of 2016 in August. Students should begin to think about what service location they will choose by visiting our partner agency page. Students can also fulfill some of their volunteer hours over the summer by working in the PHS Giving Garden on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer. Please email Mr. Soeder or Mrs. Trentanelli if you have any questions.
Senior Games Need Volunteers
The Senior Games will take place at Perry High School on June 6th. Students are needed to volunteer and assist with measuring and timing. If you can help, please contact Beverly Caduff at Lake Metroparks or sign up here.
Alternative Summer Break
PSL is offering an alternative summer break trip to Chicago this summer to serve at Su Casa. We are looking for 8 current sophomores and juniors to join us as we serve at this homeless shelter for women and children who are escaping domestic violence. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Mr. Soeder.
"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.