S.L.A.M.
Students Living a Message

SLAM NEWSLETTER

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART

INTEGRITY

If we tell you we’re actually space aliens, we wouldn’t have integrity…because, well, we’re not space aliens.

If we tell you we’re midget wrestlers from an unknown Latin American country, and we tag-team wrestle under the name “Las Floritas” (the little flowers), we wouldn’t have integrity…because, well, it ain’t true!

Let’s say we have three pieces of wood, and we cut all three of them down the middle so you can see “the insides.” The first piece, we discover, isn’t wood at all. It has a Styrofoam center no different from a cheap coffee cup! And the outside is just a plastic layer made to look like wood! We could say this “piece of wood” has no integrity at all! It’s absolutely not what it “says” it is.

The second piece of wood is interesting. The outside of it (called a “veneer”) is actually wood. It’s just really thin. And the inside is really wood, too—but it’s cheap wood that’s been all ground up into a pulp with glue in there to hold it all together. It looks like oatmeal made out of wood. This kind of wood is strong like real wood, but way cheaper. And this piece of wood has more integrity than the first piece (at least this one is actually made out of wood!). But it’s still lacking integrity, because it’s hiding something (the fact that it’s not solid wood).
The third piece of wood has perfect integrity: It’s solid oak, all the way through. It’s exactly what it “says” it is—nothing to hide.

Do you understand “integrity” now? Honesty has a lot to do with it, but it’s more than that. Integrity means doing what you say you’ll do, being who you say you are, following through on commitments, and only saying what you mean (not just what you think will get you what you want). If you want your family to be the best that it can be, you have to be committed to living with integrity. Are you? Do you?

2. SURF REPORT

~ Conservapedia: Check out this alternative to Wikipedia http://www.conservapedia.com/Main_Page

~ Write It: Scholastic’s site where you can find your voice, develop your craft, and publish your work http://teacher.scholastic.com/writeit/

3. FORGETTABLE FACT

Typically, boys are more often born during the day and girls are more often born at night.

4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“Art is a reflection of God’s creativity, and evidence that we are made in the image of God.” — Francis Schaeffer

“Reality is usually something you could not have guessed.” — C.S. Lewis

5. PARTING SHOT

Growing old is inevitable. Growing up is optional.

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