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 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!
PSL students host Prom Fashion Show at Emeritus
On Thursday, May 15th, PSL students hosted a Prom Fashion Show at one of our long-term partner agencies, Emeritus at Mentor. In addition to featuring this year's prom fashions, students had the opportunity to socialize with residents of the assisted living facility during the reception that followed.
DOCUMERICA: Lake County Edition Photo Contest Winners
In April 2014, students in the PSL program set out to assess the impact of humans on the environment in Lake County through photography. This project was inspired by the Environmental Protection Agency's DOCUMERICA project which captured the state of America's environment between 1972 and 1977. The PSL students submitted photos representing a wide range of environmental issues. All photos were judged by Mr. Jeffrey Goodman, a PHS social studies teacher and award winning photographer. To see this year's winning entries, please click here.
5th Annual Green Day a Success
Thanks to all of the volunteers who showed up on April 26th to help with Perry's 5th annual Community Green Day. Volunteers removed over 500 pounds of trash from the beach at Lake Erie Bluffs. The senior citizen yard clean-ups, Lee Lydic Park clean-up, and PHS Giving Garden prep work were also successful. Special thanks to Lake Metroparks for facilitating the Lake Erie Bluffs clean-up and to the Perry Women's League for a great lunch. Hope to see everyone back again next year!
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. If you would like to be among the 7 PSL students to represent PHS please complete this form by Friday, August 22nd.
Welcome class of 2015
We are happy to announce that over 90 students from the class of 2015 registered to take PSL next year. It promises to be an exciting year with the grand opening of the new Center for Civic Engagement. Incoming students are asked to complete the PSL application by Wednesday, June 4th. The information you provide will assist the instructors in determining your volunteer placement for next school year.
"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 all summer long. 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.
PSL Center for Civic Engagement scheduled to open in August 2014
The PSL program will have a new home in August. The PSL Center for Civic Engagement will be located in Manchester West in the space formerly occupied by the Lake County Vocational Training Center. A dedicated group of students from the class of 2014 has been busy preparing the new location for next year's PSL class. 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.