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The voices of Milton Hershey School are all distinct, but each extraordinary in their own way. MHS blog tells the stories of our extraordinary students, staff, houseparents, parents/sponsors, and graduates. Read on to learn what brought them to MHS, the impact it has had, and the impact they hope to impart on the lives of others.

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One Milton Hershey School Student’s Passion for Hands-On Learning Extends Beyond Classroom

By Jocelyn Crist, MHS Eighth Grader Since I can remember, I have loved using my hands to learn. From working on actual cars in a mechanic shop to taking apart...

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I Love My Job: Milton Hershey School Teacher, Mentor, and Swimming Coach

By Heather Dougherty, MHS Teacher and Head Swimming and Diving Coach  For many people, one job is enough. But for me, as a parent of three active children, staying busy...

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Milton Hershey School Senior Learns to Use Her Voice

By Jaelyn Lewis, MHS Senior Too often, people my age don’t realize the power of their own voice. On Jan. 16, 2023—Martin Luther King Jr. Day—I had the opportunity to...

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Milton Hershey School Teachers Inspire Literacy and Reading Skills in Students

By Shannon Newell, MHS Middle Division Reading Specialist It’s no secret that proficiency in literacy and reading is as important for long-term success as the soft skills we speak so...

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Milton Hershey School Partners to Provide Opportunities to Student-Athletes

By Malachi Thomas, MHS Senior Growing up in Southwest Philadelphia, I always knew that my mom—a single mother of two—did her best. Before I came to Milton Hershey School, we...

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Spartan Swimming/Diving Team Provides Strong Support System

By Ashley Spence, MHS Junior Ever since I was a little girl, I loved to swim. Gliding through the water gives me a sense of freedom and joy. When I...

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Local Couple Becomes Milton Hershey School Houseparents to Impact Community

By Karen and Leno Washington, MHS Houseparents After growing up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and meeting in high school, we knew this area would always be our home. We never considered,...

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Milton Hershey School Staff Member Reflects on the Impact of the Charter Bus Program

By Hilda Dimopoulos, MHS Administrative Assistant and Charter Bus Monitor During my 25 years as a Milton Hershey School employee, there is nothing that I look forward to more than...

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A Dream of Houseparenting at Milton Hershey School

By Dedra Doutrich, MHS Houseparent Recruiter and Former MHS Houseparent When I first learned about the role of houseparenting, my husband, Justin, and I knew that there was something special...

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Milton Hershey School Teacher Celebrates Diverse Perspectives in Her History Classroom

By Kelly O’Brien, MHS Senior Division Teacher I’ve learned in my eight years of teaching social studies and history at Milton Hershey School that my job is always evolving, and...

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