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.
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Document the days/times you need to be in a different location for ICE.
Access the resources available to you during Career Mentoring and beyond.
Document your weekly service hours as well as an extra volunteer hours.
A Caring Environment for Cats
Kayli Aker, '17 has always had a connection with animals. A member of the Lake County 4-H Club and a former intern at a local veterinary clinic, Kayli knew she wanted to care for cats and dogs as part of her PSL experience. She reached out to Holy Cat Whiskers, a stray and feral cat rescue located in Madison. In addition to creating an experience that will prepare her for a future career caring for animals, Kayli's efforts also introduced the PSL Program to a new partner agency.
For more information about Holy Cat Whiskers, please click here.
If you are a local non-profit agency looking to work with PSL volunteers, please click here.
Lauren Hirko, PSL class of 2012, is on pace to graduate from Kent State University next year with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She will also earn an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP) certificate in teaching and learning. IBPYP is a unique way for preschoolers to learn that encourages students to be inquisitive and think outside of the box. Lauren developed a passion for teaching young people as a Perry Preschool volunteer through the PSL program. She still references her PSL service experience in her applications for student teaching and college papers.
We want to hear from you
Since the 2005-06 school year, over 600 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.
Students Celebrate Earth Day
Over 50 students, parents, teachers and community members served on Green Day. The event was marked by a ceremonial tree planting in the PHS cafeteria courtyard, several senior citizen yard clean-ups, a beach clean-up at the Lake Erie Bluffs, and preparing the Giving Garden for spring planting. Special thanks to the Perry Women's League, OSU Agricultural Extension Office, and Klyn Nursery for their support of this year's event.
Students attend the curious incident of the dog in the night-time at Playhouse Square
As part of Developmental Disabilities month, eight PSL students attended the Tony Award-winning play the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. Thank you to Playhouse Square for providing these learning experiences for students!
GenerationOn awards grant to support STEM-based service project
The Perry Service Learning Program was selected to receive a STEM grant provided by GenerationOn to support an upcoming service project. Check back soon to see how this grant is kickstarting a project that will serve students at Perry Elementary School!
ServeOhio awards GYSD grant to PSL's Giving Garden
ServeOhio awarded their 2017 Global Youth Service Day grant to PSL's Giving Garden. Their generous support coincides with our upcoming Community Green Day, and ensures resources that allow us to provide fresh produce to The Perry Center, teach Perry students about sustainable growing techniques, and engage Perry students in a rich and relevant experiential learning environment.
Fair Housing Resource Center offers Poster Contest for Students
In honor of Fair Housing Month, the FHRC is asking for help from all students within Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula County to put their creative artwork skills to the test in creating a Flag that will be hung on our flag pole at our office! One student has the chance to win $150.00 and have their artwork turned into Flag that will be displayed outside our building! Click HERE for more details.
PSL students participate in A Night to Shine
PSL students, alumni, and family collaborated with the Paineville Baptist Church, Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Lake Erie College, and the Tim Tebow Foundation to host an unforgettable prom experience for people with special needs. Read the News Herald article highlighting the extraordinary event HERE.
PSL Students host Chipotle Fundraiser on Monday 5/8.
PSL students are hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle (9188 Mentor Avenue) on Monday, May 8th from 4pm-8pm. All proceeds benefit student-run organizations, including the philanthropy program and the Giving Garden. Mention Perry Service Learning, or bring in flyer (below), and help make a difference in our community.
Summer Stretch Chicago Plunge
On Monday, June 5th, seven PHS students will have the opportunity to visit travel to Chicago to live and serve at a homeless shelter on the city's south side. During the 4 day/3 night experience, students will have the opportunity to prepare meals for shelter guests, work in the shelter's community garden, interact with clients, and perform a variety of maintenance tasks around the house. To learn more, please click here.
Make A Difference in Your Community...Register for PSL
You possess the knowledge and skills to improve your community, why not take a class that encourages you to use them?
Since 2004, over 1,000 PSL students have addressed unmet human needs in our community by engaging with others through service. In the process of learning about others, students inevitably learn more about themselves and are inspired to work for justice in their town, state, and country.
"Never doubt that a group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Support PSL's Student Philanthropy Program
The annual PSL Student Philanthropy Program Campaign is underway. Each year, PSL students award $2,000 in grant money to deserving local non-profits. Previous winners have included the Sub Zero Mission, Give A Wig, Birthright, and Ronald McDonald House. Please consider making a donation to help support this program that not only serves people in need in our community but also teaches students about the art of philanthropy. Donations can be mailed to The Perry Service Learning Program, 1 Success Boulevard, Perry, Ohio 44081. You can also donate online.