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  • Bob Knight

The Big Apple Has a Big Heart

When Margaret Prisinzano learned her students wanted to look great at their prom but lacked the financial resources to do so, the veteran educator sprung into action, in what can only be described as a modern-day fairytale.

Prisinzano’s students at a special Bronx Urban Community School program run by Rising Ground, New York's fastest-growing social service organization, are among the city’s most in need—living in homeless shelters or in deep poverty. Their families can’t afford the basics, let alone formal attire. So Prisinzano, a social worker who serves as the school’s director, turned to Facebook to ask for help… and the donations of formal attire came pouring in!

Last year, 400 pieces of formalwear were collected. And for the second year in a row, New Yorkers have answered the call, in a BIG way. This year, through word of mouth, Prisinzano and her staff have collected 800 items, including formal wear, purses and makeup.

And the students were thrilled!

Hats off to you, Ms. Prisinzano, your fellow educators, partners at Bronx Urban, and especially the 365 students who are rising above adversity and thriving!

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