Memories of Louis T. Savino, III - (5/22/85 - 10/12/00)

Louis had attended the William Penn Charter School and was in the beginning of his Sophomore year at the time of his death. A straight "A" student, community service volunteer and sports enthusiast, Louis dreamed of pursuing a career as a sportscaster.

He gave us the gift of unending humor. He not only loved to laugh, but his witty sense of humor was infectious.

He gave us the gift of service. He volunteered many hours of his time as he tutored children, read to the elderly, served as the Penn Charter Choir Librarian, tutored his fellow students in Latin, and offered help to his family. In October, 2002, William Penn Charter School proclaimed the second Friday in October as the Louis T. Savino Day of Service.

He gave us the gift of intelligence, and he shared that intelligence with everyone in his path, in a very modest way. His remarkable memory enabled him to recall countless sports statistics, sports team trivia, historic events in our world and specific details about every American president.

He gave us the gift of music. He played the piano eloquently since the age of 6 and he hoped to someday to form a band with two of his best friends. In December, 2000, Louis’ mom was presented with a plaque recognizing Louis’ love of music from the Penn Charter Singers – a bronze plaque hangs in Penn Charter’s Upper School Music Room.

He gave us the gift of the spoken and written word. He had the wondrous ability to speak to people at any age about almost any topic -- a sign of true maturity. His ultimate "dream" was to become a Sportscaster for a major television network.

Louis gave us the gift of unselfish love and patience -- the precious gifts of our world. He was an exemplary son, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend.

William Penn Charter School – Louis T. Savino, III Day of Service

Penn Charter gets job done on 10th annual Day of Service On a day that has been a Penn Charter tradition for 10 years, the entire Upper School pitched in to make a difference across the city on the Louis Savino Day of Service on Ocober. 10. From raking up debris on the historic Walnut Lane Bridge to working with handicapped children at the Widener School, more than 450 students and teachers honored with their community service Louis Savino, a Penn Charter student who died in 2000.Louis's mother, Toni Pellegrini, and his aunt, Lorraine Sikora, began the day with a remembrance of Louis and a presentation on the Louis T. Savino III Foundation. The nonprofit strives to prevent sudden cardiac death and raise money to purchase automated external defibrillators for schools and sports programs. Louis collapsed on a Bucks County soccer field of an undetected heart condition the night before the Day of Service in October 2000.

Louis's enthusiasm for community service motivated Pellegrini and Sikora to establish the nonprofit, Pellegrini said. She encouraged students to embrace service: "Do it from your heart."Penn Charter freshmen raked debris and litter and removed invasive vines on and around Fair-mount Park's Walnut Lane Bridge in anticipation of the celebration of the bridge's 100-year anniversary on October 18. Their mission, said Jim Ballengee, director of service learning at Penn Charter, "was really to make that bridge look as good as possible for the rededication ceremony."In Germantown, students helped paint the interior of a house and rebuild its porch for Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network. After helping put up roof supports, students tore out the floorboards of the old porch. "I broke a saw - the blade," said sophomore Margaret Rollins, "but then I learned how to replace it."Advertisement "We talked to the pastor of the church that owns the house," she added. "He was really happy that we were doing it."

Penn Charter has worked with NPIHN for a decade, helping homeless families move from one place of worship to another and recently helping to provide permanent housing."It's not just us landing and helping out," Ballengee said of PC's service program. "We put ourselves on equal footing with the people we help. For our kids, I hope that translates into a lifetime of empathy for others, serving others. They see it as something normal that people do." Other sites included Philabun-dance, the Salvation Army, Nationalities Service Center, Taylor School and Fairmount Early Intervention Center.

The Day of Service has "grown from about 11 sites to more than 20," Ballengee said. "It was a mix. Some sites were long-term sustainable relationships, and they led us to others, where it was our first time. We identify a community in need and work with them."