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A World of Opportunities at Milton Hershey School

By Cash Godwin, MHS Fifth-Grader

Growing up in Middletown, New Jersey, opportunities to be challenged in the classroom were few and far between. I wanted to succeed and knew that if given the opportunity, I could tackle any challenge—inside or outside of the classroom. This is what brought me to Hershey, Pennsylvania, to attend Milton Hershey School.

My mother enrolled me at MHS when I was in fifth grade with the vision of a better education and the opportunities I always wanted. I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived in a new town and a new school, but what I found was so much greater than anything I could have ever imagined. I’m finally challenged in all my classes and when I want to explore a new topic or learn more, my teachers and houseparents guide me in the right direction.

Milton Hershey School fifth-grader, Cash Godwin, plays in the snow with his friends in his student home.

After I arrived at MHS in August 2021, I joined as many clubs and sports teams as possible—because I could. I didn’t have to worry about resources for me to thrive, because I received every resource I could think of—all costs covered.

When I grow up, I want to be a lawyer and know that MHS will help me get there. Already in middle school I have the opportunity to learn about different career fields. My teacher provided me with practice questions for the law school admissions exam because she knew I wanted to be challenged. The questions were hard, but I know that the education I’m getting at MHS and the skills I’m learning will help me accomplish my dreams.

Milton Hershey School fifth-grader, Cash Godwin, visits a museum with his student home.

From challenging classes to learning how to live with 10 other boys in my student home, I know that I’ll be prepared to handle any situation upon graduating from MHS.

Being a student at MHS is not always easy, but it’s worth it.

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