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.
MJ Reed is one of three PSL students volunteering at the Lake County Humane Society this year. His duties include assisting the staff with the daily care of the animals housed in the facility, including cage cleaning, feeding, and general housekeeping. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteer at the Lake County Humane society please complete an application.
90 members of the PSL class of 2015 donated two hours of their time to ring the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign outside of IGA and Giant Eagle. In addition to supporting the Salvation Army, students also collected donations of goods for the Perry Center. The students teamed up with members of the Perry safety forces on Saturday, December 6th to stuff a squad car full of donations for the Perry Center.
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).
News Herald Article Features PSL Students at Clothe-A-Child
Five PSL students are volunteering with Clothe-A-Child this school year. Their experiences helping some of Lake County's younger residents meet their basic needs is the topic of a News Herald article that appeared in the December 12th addition.
Perry Center Tour Reveals Needs
On Monday, December 1st students in the PSL program toured the Perry Center with Mr. Art Buser. Mr. Buser explained that the Perry Center provides assistance to people who live, work, or worship in Perry. In addition to food and taxable items, the Perry Center helps individuals who are struggling to pay their rent and utility bills. The center is staffed entirely by volunteers. As a result, 96.5% of every dollar donated goes directly to helping community members in need. If you would like to make a donation to The Perry Center please visit their web page.
Charter School Plunge
The 3rd annual Charter School plunge took place on Thursday, Nov. 6th. PSL students toured and observed at The Intergenerational School and Village Prep run by Breakthrough Charter Schools. Students also toured and served students at Lincoln Park Elementary, a charter school on Cleveland's near west side run by White Hat Management. The experience tied in with our study of education reform and enabled students to gain insights on a variety of topics including alternatives to public education, school culture, teacher tenure, merit pay, and school funding.
Shantytown Supports Extended Housing in Painesville
On Sunday, October 12th, 41 PHS students took part in the school's 9th annual Shantytown which focused on mental illness and the need for supportive housing. Proceeds from this year's event benefited Extended Housing. This year's event featured speakers from the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless Street Voices program, a simple meal of soup and bread, a film, and other activities designed to raise awareness about homelessness in our community. Participants raised $300 for Extended Housing and donated a dozen welcome baskets filled with household items for individuals transitioning to new apartments.
Sign up for text reminders
Students are encouraged to sign up to receive text reminders/notifications from their PSL teachers. To sign up please go to: www.remind.com/join/b72409
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.
Holiday Food Drive
The annual holiday food drive to benefit the Perry Center will take place from December 5th-12th at Perry High School. The food drive involves a competition between 2nd block classrooms at PHS. Student volunteers will also be standing at the entrance of IGA accepting food donations for the Perry Center and monetary donations for the Salvation Army Red Kettle program. For more information, please contact the Perry Service Learning program.
"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.