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Harlingen students learn social skills through new program

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Incorporating character building in the classroom is how one Valley middle school wants to develop their students.

The program is called ‘Character Strong’ for Vernon Middle School in Harlingen.

It’s to create a sense of purpose and develop a stronger personal identity within the students. Monday was Vernon’s first day incorporating ‘Character Strong’ and will be held every Monday.

Students participated in the first part of the program where they did an exercise learning each other's names. Organizers say the activities will help students learn social-emotional skills.

"We have waited for this day for three weeks. Just going around and looking at the classes. It's exciting to know that students are building these character skills, but at the same time having fun," said Vernon Middle School Principal, Arely Tamez.

According to the Character Strong website, when a school takes time to develop its students character, that grades go up and as well as compassion.

Vernon Middle School officials do this by involving its students in different activities to make them capable and empathetic people.

Character Strong is a national program. For more information on the program, click here.

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