As the pandemic continues, a Little Village social worker is helping students embrace the return to school

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Melony Espinoza is a Chicago Public Schools social worker in the Little Village neighborhood on the city's Southwest Side. Sarah Karp / WBEZ
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Melony Espinoza is a Chicago Public Schools social worker in the Little Village neighborhood on the city's Southwest Side. Sarah Karp / WBEZ

As the pandemic continues, a Little Village social worker is helping students embrace the return to school

Little Village on Chicago’s Southwest Side has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

Families have been dealing with sickness, death and limited help from the government.

This year, as school got underway in person, the public schools in the area welcomed children who had been grappling with these realities.

WBEZ Education reporter Sarah Karp checked in with Chicago Public Schools social worker Melony Espinoza to see how things are going.

Press listen above to hear their conversation.