SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Students in the Springfield School District were recently spotlighted as part of CBS News This Morning piece, which looked at the ways the district is combating bullying.

The story focused on students at Jonathan Dayton High School and Florence M. Gaudineer Middle School, who are undergoing social-emotional learning as part of the Kinful program.

The program was first finalized in Summer of 2018 for the coming school year. In December of 2018, principals at all five schools in the district again went before the board to update on the Kinful project, which TAPinto also covered.

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According to the Kinful website, the program is designed to improve student performance with a framework of social-emotional learning.

It is described on the organization's website as "the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions."

As part of the program, students watch movies in virtual reality that help them to understand what other students who are being bullied are going through.

The full CBS Morning News piece can be seen at the link below: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/school-district-uses-virtual-reality-to-show-students-what-bullying-feels-like/