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KIPP Academy students visit the Kelly Writers House, April 29, 2002

Elliott Witney, who has a Penn student was one of the founding members of the Writers House in 1995-96, has stayed in touch with the Writers House during the years since he left Penn. He has taught at the KIPP ("Knowledge Is Power") Academy, a successful experiment in urban middle-school education. He is now the Principal of KIPP Academy in Houston.

Each year for the past three years, students from KIPP have visited Penn--and the Writers House--where Al Filreis, Professor of English and Faculty Director of the Writers House has taught them modern poetry.

On this page are two photographs taken during the April 2002 visit, taken by one of the KIPP teachers.