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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A Caring Environment for Cats
Kayli Aker, '17 has always had a connection with animals. A member of the Lake County 4-H Club and a former intern at a local veterinary clinic, Kayli knew she wanted to care for cats and dogs as part of her PSL experience. She reached out to Holy Cat Whiskers, a stray and feral cat rescue located in Madison. In addition to creating an experience that will prepare her for a future career caring for animals, Kayli's efforts also introduced the PSL Program to a new partner agency.
For more information about Holy Cat Whiskers, please click here.
If you are a local non-profit agency looking to work with PSL volunteers, please click here.
Antonia (Orosz) Gaskill, PSL Class of 2007, served as the Logistics Coordinator of Cleveland State Univesity's Viking Expeditions during her freshmen year of college. This program included service-learning experiences in Cleveland and hurricane relief efforts in New Orleans. She has been happily married for 8 years and has two children. She graduated from Savannah Technical College in Georgia while her husband proudly served in the Army and moved back to Ohio with her family in 2012. Antonia is a Resource Scheduler at Lincoln Electric and is the current President of the Machine Division Diversity Council which raised $15,000 for the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio and $2,000 for the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. She coordinates programs to address diversity and inclusion issues in the workplace and plans monthly trips for her co-workers to serve at the Cleveland Foodbank. She is also a member of class of 2017 LEADDiversity program through the Diversity Center of Northeast.
PSL students participate in A Night to Shine
PSL students, alumni, and family collaborated with the Paineville Baptist Church, Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Lake Erie College, and the Tim Tebow Foundation to host an unforgettable prom experience for people with special needs. Read the News Herald article highlighting the extraordinary event HERE.
Students examine the impact of immigration on Northeast Ohio
On Thursday, January 26th, PSL students visited The Office of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Committee for Refugees & Immigrants, and The Islamic Center of Cleveland to see how immigration reforms at the national level are impacting people in our community.
Honors PSL Seminar
Students invited to the curious incident of the dog in the night-time at Playhouse Square
PSL students will have the opportunity to attend the Tony Award-winning play the curious incident of the dog in the night-time at the Connor Palace Theater (Playhouse Square) on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30pm. Special rate tickets are only $17,50 each and are available (pre-sale only) through the end of February. Express interest through email by February 27th.
Summer Stretch Chicago Plunge
On Monday, June 5th, seven PHS students will have the opportunity to visit travel to Chicago to live and serve at a homeless shelter on the city's south side. During the 4 day/3 night experience, students will have the opportunity to prepare meals for shelter guests, work in the shelter's community garden, interact with clients, and perform a variety of maintenance tasks around the house. To learn more, please click here.
Make A Difference in Your Community...Register for PSL
Attention Juniors...course selections are due February 14th. You possess the knowledge and skills to improve your community, why not take a class that encourages you to use them? Since 2004, over 1,000 PSL students have addressed unmet human needs in our community by engaging with others through service. In the process of learning about others, students inevitably learn more about themselves and are inspired to work for justice in their town, state, and country.
"Never doubt that a group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
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.
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.