Bridge to Wisdom

Please join us for Freire Charter School’s Eighth Annual Bridge to Wisdom event.  This year’s reception will honor the Philadelphia School Partnership for their tireless efforts on behalf of Philadelphia students. Co-founder Michael O’Neill will accept for the PSP.  Bridge to Wisdom is Wednesday, June 19 at 6:00pm in Pepper Hall at The Franklin Institute.  Additional sponsorship opportunities remain – please see link for more information.

Invitation to Bridge to Wisdom 2013

BTW 2013 Sponsorship Opportunities


About Bridge to Wisdom 2012:

The sold-out Seventh Annual Bridge to Wisdom was held Monday, April 9 at the Franklin Institute. Over 100 VIP guests were treated to a pre-event gathering in the Bioscience exhibit, and over 250 guests attended the reception in Franklin Hall. Two student speakers, both members of Freire’s baseball team, spoke about academic commitment, about prioritizing their schoolwork over all else, and about those who have had the greatest impact on their academic success – individual Freire teachers…and their moms. This year’s honoree, Shane Victorino, echoed our student speakers by recalling that in his own upbringing, school always came before sports, and that his mother warned him that to play baseball and to wear his team’s jersey was a privilege, not a right.

The boys presented Shane with a Freire Charter School Victorino #8 baseball jersey. The privilege of having Shane Victorino wear our jersey was all ours!


We are thrilled to announce that through the generosity of our sponsors, attendees, and auction bidders, along with a gift of $5000 from the Shane Victorino Foundation, Freire has exceeded its goal of $150,000 for this event, resulting in an additional $50,000 gift from our dedicated friends at the Seed the Dream Foundation.

To view photos from this event, please click one of the following links:

Lisa Schaffer Photography

CEG Photography

To purchase individual photos to benefit the school, please contact Ann Hedges Pagano, Director of Development: