Matt Ziamba '15 and Jake Vicini '15 managed the PHS Giving Garden this Fall. With the help of students from Mrs. Perry's and Mrs. Pietra-Freeman's third grade classrooms, Matt and Jake harvested several hundred pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes, Red Pontiac potatoes, and sweet potatoes to donate to The Perry Center. The dynamic duo also cleared out the planting beds before winter and installed pavers at the entrance to the garden shed. The garden will re-open on the 4th Saturday in April as part of the annual Community Green Day activities.
On Friday, November 7th, several members of the PSL class of 2015 volunteered to clean out the historic Lorimer House in Perry Township. Located on Perry Park Road near the Perry Community Center, this property overlooks Lake Erie and is one of the oldest buildings in Perry. Perry Township owns the property and hopes to lease it to a developer to serve as a bed & breakfast or some other venture. Special thanks to Ian Mayher, Matt Leiden, Brian Blake, Jordan McMullen, Anthony Lacare, Dustin Gilbert, Mariah Holwick, Duncan Welch, Travis Kolesar, and Miguel Espinoza for their help with this endeavor.
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).
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.
Learning to be engaged citizens
Students from Mrs. Perry's 3rd grade classroom traveled to the PSL Center for Civic Engagement on September 30th to pack lunches for individuals in the Salvation Army Homeless Intervention Program. PSL students joined in by donating bread, peanut butter, jelly, apples, bottled water, chips, chocolate, and their time to pack 50 lunches. This activity was one of many offered during the unit on poverty and homelessness to teach students about different types of civic engagement: personally responsible citizens, participatory citizens, and transforming citizens.
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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.