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Kopp, students to reflect on service, Sept. 13

Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp and four Princeton students will discuss their experiences with civic engagement at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in Dillon Gymnasium.

The event, titled "Reflections on Service," is part of freshman orientation but is open to all members of the University community.

Four seniors who are active in civic engagement -- Anna Almore, Ashley Johnson, Benjamin Bernstein and Ishani Sud -- will discuss their motivations for becoming involved and their personal experiences with service at Princeton.

They will be followed by Kopp, a 1989 Princeton graduate who wrote her senior thesis, "An Argument and Plan for the Creation of the Teacher Corps," on the state of U.S. education. Her thesis became the launchpad for Teach for America, a two-year program that has sent thousands of recent college graduates to teach in the nation's underresourced public schools.

Kopp is the author of "One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach for America and What I Learned Along the Way." In 1993 she became the youngest person to receive the Woodrow Wilson Award, Princeton's highest honor for undergraduate alumni.

The event is sponsored by the Pace Center, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and the Pace Council for Civic Values. 

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