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.
Lexi Holland, '14 received the Mayerson Foundation Book Award at the PHS Senior Breakfast. This award is given annually to recognize the extraordinary contributions to service of one PSL student. Lexi accumulated over 100 hours of service by serving at Emeritus of Mentor where she painted residents nails on Sundays and assisted residents on shopping trips on Tuesdays. She also particpated in the Cincinnati Urban Plunge and planned the annual Emeritus prom fashion show in May. Lexi will attend the University of Cincinnati where she hopes to obtain a degree in business. For a complete list of previous award winners, please click here.
As a student in PSL, Kendra Lutes ’13 was instrumental in developing the Student Philanthropy Program. She worked closely with the instructors and local non-profit agencies, as well as the Magnified Giving program, to educate, inspire, and engage students in the art of philanthropy. Kendra’s desire to make a difference in the world has continued during her freshman year at Ohio University. She became active in various campus organizations, and continued to find opportunities to connect with non-profits. Because of her hard work and leadership skills, Kendra has been awarded an internship with the Magnified Giving program, where she will continue to help students find ways to share their time, talent and treasure. She has also been elected Vice President of the Student Alumni Board at Ohio University. Kendra also co-facilitated this summer's Teens Leading Change (TLC) Program along with Mr. Soeder and Mrs. Trentanelli.
PSL Class of 2015 Making History
Although the year is still young, the PSL Class of 2015 is already making history. In addition to being the largest PSL class ever with 112 students, they are also the first group to meet in the PSL Center for Civic Engagement at Manchester West.
PSL Center for Civic Engagement Up and Running
The PSL program officially moved to a new home in 2014. The PSL Center for Civic Engagement will is located in Manchester West in the space formerly occupied by the Lake County Vocational Training Center. The new center features a spacious main classroom, two conference rooms, a library, a kitchen, recycling center, and ample storage space. Moreover, it is conveniently located in the same building as the Perry Center, PWL Clothing Room, Re-Ed ACCESS, the Perry PTA, and Perry Recreation. PSL volunteers have served many of these organizations in the past and the move should serve to strengthen these relationships.
PSL summer program introduces students to volunteerism
Perry Teens Leading Change (TLC) was a week long program for incoming 9th-11th graders focused on helping students connect their living with their learning. Our enthusiastic group of students engaged with local experts at a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Perry Center, Cleveland Foodbank, Salvation Army, Child Care on the Square, and Lake Metroparks. Participants also discovered ways to make a difference in our community through volunteerism. To learn more, please click here. For more info on TLC or the PSL Program, follow us on Twitter at @PHS_Service Learning.
Thanks Class of 2014!
Students in the PSL class of 2014: provided over 9,395 hours of service to their community, participated in a student philanthropy program that awarded $2,000 to deserving non-profits, hosted events to advocate for people who are homeless and people who have special needs, conducted a holiday food drive that generated over $3,356 and 3,831 lbs. of food for the Perry Center, and initiated GYSD projects that addressed unmet needs in our community. Thank you!
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.
On Sunday, October 12th PHS students will take part in the school's 9th annual Shantytown which will focus on mental illness and the need for supportive housing. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit Extended Housing. Extended Housing is a non-profit based in Painesville, Ohio that focuses on helping mentally ill individuals live in safe homes. This year's event will feature speakers who are currently or formerly homeless, a simple meal of soup and bread, a film, and other activities designed to raise awareness about homelessness in our community. Applications to participate will be accepted through September 26th.
Cincinnati Urban Plunge
The 10th annual Cincinnati Urban Plunge will take place on September 23rd and 24th. Students will have the opportunity to serve at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, and after school program. Participants will also take part in the 17th annual Mayerson Student Service Leadership Workshop at the University of Cincinnati.
"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.