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Zivia, Levi, Grace, and True with their teacher, Kiri, in the classroom at Greene Street Friends School.

Student Voices Project: Focus on Integrity

Integrity bulletin board by Greene Street Friends School art teacher, Marie Huard.

Integrity bulletin board by Greene Street Friends School art teacher, Marie Huard.

At the start of the 2013-2014 school year, we announced the first annual Friends Journal Student Voices Project, a new initiative calling all middle school (grades 6–8) and high school (grades 9–12) students to add their voices to the Friends Journal community of readers (more info at fdsj.nl/StudentVoices2014). The prompt for this year encouraged students to think about the testimony of integrity in their own lives: “Integrity is the state of being complete or undivided. Friends use the term to talk about our commitment to honesty and fairness. How does this value challenge or inspire you?” We invite you to take a moment now to consider the prompt for yourself before reading ahead.

The submissions for this year include an honest account of the development of understanding from a self-aware ninth grader and four engaging stories from thoughtful sixth graders. From this unique collection of voices, we’re able to discover some of the many ways integrity slips into our everyday lives: it can surprise us by sprouting out of an unlikely candidate; it can creep in undercover, through the kind wishes of a stranger or the desire to care for animals; and its absence in moments that test a friendship can disappoint us. As one Friends school teacher said, “Integrity doesn’t always look like you expect it to look.”

Without further ado, here are the honorees of the first annual Student Voices Project.

Find out more about the honorees from one school in Greene Street Friends School Explores Integrity by Gail Whiffen.

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One Response to Student Voices Project: Focus on Integrity

  1. Owen de Ris April 1, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    City & State
    Great Barrington MA
    Gold rests at the bottom of all hearts
    Panning it is the teacher’s art
    Trust the gold will speak
    when you stand
    in Meeting
    OWEN

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