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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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.
Welcome class of 2016!
PSL welcomed 96 members of the class of 2016 on August 17th. Students began the Service Learning 101 unit and started to think about what it means to be a good citizen and how service can change lives. Please note that all PSL classes will meet daily through early September, when we transition to our M-W-F schedule. Any students with scheduling conflicts due to PSEO coursework should speak with Mr. Soeder and Mrs. Trentanelli . .
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.
Brookdale Prom Fashion Show
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.
Site selection forms due Sept. 1
Student should submit their site selection forms by Tuesday, Sept. 1st. Your form must include your top 10 selections and the signature of a parent/guardian. Be sure to carefully review the partner agency pages to make sure that your availability matches their volunteer needs.
"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.
Sign up for Shantytown
PSL will host its annual Shantytown event to raise awareness about poverty and homelessness on October 4, 2015. This year we are partnering 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. Shantytown is open to all students in grades 9-12. For more information and to register, please complete this form by September 11th.
If you have questions, please call the PSL office at 259-9708 or contact Mr. Soeder at email@example.com or Mrs. Trentanelli at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.