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Whatever You Do, Do It Well

By Clare Ogle, an MHS houseparent I’m not convinced that Milton Hershey loved chocolate more than anything else. Why? Hear me out. I think Milton Hershey enjoyed chocolate, but I...

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Don’t Let the Feeling Fade

By Clare Ogle, an MHS houseparent In addition to my houseparenting duties, I have the privilege of helping with New Spartan Academy. This is the program that all new students...

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The Long Game

By Clare Ogle, an MHS houseparent When it comes to houseparenting, I like to tell people that we’re playing the long game. When we’re dealing with people, especially teens, we...

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How I’m Building Relationships with First-Year Students

By Tanya Alfonso, MHS Home Life Administrator First-year newly enrolled MHS students in first through fourth grade have the distinct advantage of participating in the MHS co-pilot program. Adult staff...

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Connecting Home Life to the Classroom: Creating a Nurturing Learning Environment to Call Home

When students enroll at Milton Hershey School, they’re not only receiving a top-notch education. They’re joining a safe, nurturing community that feels like a second home. Before enrolling at MHS,...

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Welcome Back: Gathering Around the Table

By Erica Clark, an MHS houseparent The table in our dining room is large. Actually, it’s a group of tables—five to be exact. We placed them together to create one...

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Say What? The Battle Against One-Word Answers

By Clare Olge, an MHS houseparent Have you ever asked a teenage boy about his day?    Regardless of how you phrase the question, it’s typical to get a one-word...

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The Marathon Called Houseparenting

I am not built for running, but I’ve always wanted to be a runner. So through lots of practice, time and effort, I have worked up to running long distances—including...

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Shaking Things Up

By Clare Ogle, an MHS houseparent My husband is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, but he can be a total snob when it comes to milkshakes. He’s...

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There is Always Enough

By Clare Ogle, an MHS houseparent Feeding twelve high school boys, a husband, a toddler and my food-loving infant is no short order. In a week, we typically go through...

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