About 475 students and teachers spent the day on Oct. 12 serving others and strengthening our own community. The 21st annual Louis T. Savino Day of Service supported more than 20 different schools, nonprofits and organizations in Philadelphia.
"The Day of Service is a long-standing tradition at Penn Charter and is not only a function of what we do, but who we are as the world's oldest Friends school," said Sharon Ahram, assistant director of PC's Center for Public Purpose and organizer of the Day of Service. "It is a Quaker belief that each person has a responsibility to the larger community. In addition to the service we do throughout the year, the Day of Service is our time to come together as a school community and support local organizations and partnering schools."
Grouped by advisory, students worked at or for SHARE, Face to Face, Whosoever Gospel Mission, Food and Wellness Network (FAWN), Tree House Books, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Our Closet, MANNA, Cradles to Crayons, Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, Broad Street Ministry, Philabundance, Philadelphia Furniture Bank, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Community Partner School, Inglis House, DePaul House, Atria Senior Living, Laurel Square Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Historic RittenhouseTown, Travis Manion Foundation, North Philly Peace Park, Sole Hope Shoes, Widener Memorial School and Logan Hope School.
Addi Hillard and Jay Tighe, from the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP), which engages students in the process of ending homelessness, were the morning's keynote speakers. While a student of Villanova University, Tighe cofounded SREHUP and serves on its board of directors. Hillard, who is studying nursing at Villanova, is the student president and a board member.
The day is named in memory of Louis Savino, a Penn Charter sophomore who died from an undetected congenital heart condition on a neighborhood soccer field just before the Day of Service in 2000.
See photos of the day.