Good Morning America surprises metro Atlanta social worker as ‘Ray of Sunshine’

ATLANTA — “Good Morning America” surprised a metro Atlanta social worker on Tuesday morning as part of its “Ray of Sunshine” series.

Petrina Fowler was recognized for all she does for the community.

The social worker at Barber Middle School in Cobb County has been going above and beyond for her students for more than two decades.

Fowler works with local organizations to help get funding to put these families in hotels and pay their bills. She even helps with groceries.

Not only does she work with middle school students, but she also works as an adjunct professor at a local university four nights a week.


On Tuesday, Good Morning America’s Steve Osunsami surprised Fowler at Barber Middle School for the show’s Ray of Sunshine segment.

Fowler’s children, students, friends and co-workers attended the big reveal as tribute video to the social worker.

“I’m in shock that all these people did hit without me knowing!” Fowler said.

“She is truly a blessing to our school, our community, to Cobb County,” Principal Tia Amlett said. “She’s touched the lives of many students and helped them be the young people they need to be.”

Good Morning America gifted Fowler with a $5,000 gift card to BJ’s Wholesale Club and a Disney cruise vacation.

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