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"Freedom Writers" message comes to Keller school


Erin Gruwell signs books and poses for photos at an evening event at Keller Elementary School arranged by students after convincing the subject of a popular movie to visit. - Jacob Wagner photo

Erin Gruwell, the teacher who inspired the movie "Freedom Writers," visited Keller Elementary last week at the invitation of the students.

The movie highlights Gruwell's efforts to teach underprivileged students in Southern California to reach their full academic potential. Her methods have been adopted around the world, and include having students write honestly about who they really are. A book called "The Freedom Writers Diary" was published, including her early students' works, and was turned into the movie, which starred Hilary Swank.

Students from Keller grades 4-6 had written lette...

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