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).
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Shantytown Looks at Refugees
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.
PSL to travel to Salvation Army
Students from all three PSL classes traveled to the Salvation Army in Painesville on August 25th, 26th, and 27th to participate in poverty simulations, serve in the soup kitchen, and meet representatives from local schools and non-profits who are seeking volunteers. Over the course of the three days, students served over 200 meals, distributed hundreds of bags of bread, and prepared clothing for distribution to clients in need. Click here for pictures from this trip.
PSL students complete summer service at Su Casa in Chicago
PSL students visited Su Casa for an alternative summer break trip to Chicago. Seven juniors and seniors spent four days serving at this homeless shelter for women and children who are escaping domestic violence. Students had the opportunity to prepare meals, serve in the neighborhood soup kitchen, and work in the community garden on the grounds of the shelter.
PSL hosted its Shantytown event to raise awareness about poverty and homelessness on October 4, 2015. This year we partnered with the International Services Center in Cleveland, Ohio to learn about refugees who have fled their homelands to start a new life in Northeast Ohio.
Chicago Plunge Sign-up
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. If you are interested, please sign up by Monday, October 5th at 3 p.m. by clicking here. Participants will be notified Monday night if they were selected.
"Never doubt that a group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Students to take Cincinnati urban plunge to learn about poverty
Seven students from the PSL program will participate in the 11th annual urban plunge to Cincinnati on September 24th and 25th. Students will have the opportunity to tour a homeless shelter, serve at an after school program for at-risk youth, work at a soup kitchen, and participate in the Mayerson High School Service Learning workshop at the University of Cincinnati.
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.