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Bronx Social Worker goes above and beyond to help students

Margaret Prisinzano. Photo courtesy of the New York Daily News.

Margaret Prisinzano. Photo courtesy of the New York Daily News.

Cheers to the New York Daily News for this profile of National Association of Social Workers member Margaret Prisinzano, a school social worker at Bronx Junior High School 123.

Many of the students face daunting challenges. One out of three is homeless, all qualify for free lunch, and a quarter of them are learning English.

But Prisinzano tries to make sure their needs are met, often literally going the extra mile to do so, the article said.

Prisinzano drove hundreds of miles to her hometown in Virginia to pick up donated gowns and formal wear so the children would have nice things to wear for the junior prom. She also runs financial-literacy workshops for underprivileged families, provides therapy for homeless kids and helps their parents learn English.

“I love the students and families. They have welcomed me to be a part of their world and community,” she said. “If there’s an opportunity for me to go above and beyond — then that’s what I’m going to do.”

Social workers help people from all walks of life overcome challenges. To learn more visit the National Association of Social Workers’ Help Starts Here website.

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