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May 18, 2011

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P��� 22 Character Counts The Josephson Institute of Ethics is the nation’s most popular and effec- tive character education program. A very important resource for teachers, coaches, parents, and youth group leaders, the Josephson Institute is a nonprofi t organization dedicated to improving the ethical quality of soci- ety by advocating principled reasoning and ethical decision making. The CHARACTER COUNTS! approach to character education doesn’t exclude anyone. That’s why they base the pro- grams and materials on six ethical val- ues that everyone can agree on — val- ues that are not political, religious, or culturally biased. The National Honor Society and Quartzsite’s own charter school, the Scholars’ Academy, are active partici- pants in Character Counts. The Six Pil- lars are listed below. Some adults may need a reminder, too. Details: ���.D�����M��������.��� THE SIX PILLARS Trustworthiness Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputa- tion • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country Respect Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accept- ing of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements Responsibility Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Al- ways do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be ac- countable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others Fairness Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to oth- ers • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly Caring Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need Citizenship Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer. T R R F C C Students can use this acronym to help them remember that people with good character are terrifi c: T rustworthiness R espect R esponsibility F airness C aring C itizenship M�� 18, 2011 Strange but True By Samantha Weaver It was British author Douglas Adams, best known for his “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” novels, who made the fol- lowing sage observation: “Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be al- lowed to do the job.” In the African nation of Sudan, a tra- ditional wedding includes a ceremony known as “sungkem,” in which the bride and groom kiss the knees of their parents. “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bo- gart and Ingrid Bergman, is one of the most beloved movies of all time, fre- quently being listed at or near the top of lists of the best fi lms ever made. How- ever, shortly after its release in Novem- ber 1942, The New Yorker rated it only “pretty tolerable.” Connoisseurs of frog legs claim that you should leave the toes on when frying -- they’re good for picking your teeth after eating. At any given time, about two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by clouds. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. CAN‛T FIND “THE MESSENGER”? JOIN THE THOUSANDS READING IT ONLINE! Sign up for FREE VIP alerts when the next E-edition of the DESERT MESSENGER is available @ Between Dec. 30, 2010-Jan. 29,2011 there was 21,115 page views PUZZLE PAGE (page 20) ANSWERS

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