Joy McDonald

School Social Worker

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.  And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." - Dalai Lama

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the school social worker for Clara Barton Elementary School.  A school social worker is a certified professional who supports students academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. 

     As a school social worker, I interact with students, teachers, parents, and community agencies on a daily basis to ensure that students’ needs are being met.  I provide individual and group counseling to students in areas such as social skills, anger management/relaxation, friendship skills, organizational skills, dealing with life changes, and coping with grief.  Additionally, I go into K-4th grade classrooms to conduct "Second Step" lessons.  This research-based program helps create a respectful and peaceful classroom.

     I also assist parents with medical applications and provide referrals to outside agencies (e.g., counseling and food banks). 

     If you ever have any questions for me or would like me to work with your son/daughter, please contact me at 215-945-4177.  I look forward to working with you and your child.

Joy McDonald MSS, LSW

Bucks County Children's Crisis Support:  1-877-435-7709
Bucks County Housing Link:  1-800-810-4434
Bucks County Opportunity Council, Bristol (Focuses on self-sufficiency):  215-781-2661
DVCC School-based Program at Barton:  215-598-0223 x123 Matt Alfano
Parenting Classes through Family Services:  215-757-6916 ext. 356 Annie Wise
St. Mary's Family Resource Center, Bensalem (Parenting):  215-245-8563
St. Mary's Parenting Center, Langhorne:  215-710-5976
Big Brothers/Big Sisters:  215-343-8260
PA Healthcare:

Child Care:
YMCA:  215-949-3400
Kid Time:  215-783-0521

Thrift Stores:
Emilie United Methodist Church, Levittown:  215-945-5502
Impact Thrift Store, Bristol:  215-788-5485
Suited for Success, Bristol (Clothing for interviews):  215-781-0200
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Penndel (Thrift/Furniture Store):  215-741-1010
Salvation Army Thrift Store, Fairless Hills:  215-946-1271
St. Mary Thrift Shop, Langhorne:  215-750-8400

Food Banks:
"Weekend Back Packs for Kids" through St. Mary's Parenting Center (food and snacks for the  
           weekend for your child(ren):  Contact Joy at Barton 215-945-4177
Mary's Cupboard, Levittown:  215-949-1991
Emergency Relief Association United Christian Church, Levittown:  215-547-1676
Martha's Cupboard, Levittown:  215-945-4486
Salvation Army, Levittown:  215-945-0717
Bristol Borough Community Action Group:  215-785-3296
Penndel Community Food Pantry:  215-752-8422
Loaves & Fishes Pantry, Fairless Hills:  215-946-5800

Please contact me directly for more information regarding outside behavioral and mental health services.  I have an extensive list that specifically states what insurances are accepted.