Milton Hershey School Everyday Hero: Leo Fulginiti
MHS Everyday Hero: A campaign acknowledging employees at MHS who are often found behind the scenes and show up every day to make a difference in the lives of our students.
Leo Fulginiti, MHS CDL Driver and Utility Worker
“Leo is very dependable and reliable when getting a job done. I appreciate having him on our team.” —Brian Loncar, MHS Manager of Transportation
1. What brought you to MHS?
I first learned about the school through my wife, Angela. She was a third-grade teacher at Hershey Elementary School and had several students whose parents were houseparents at MHS. One couple invited us to their student home for dinner with their Elementary Division boys. We had such a wonderful time. We knew from that moment on that we wanted to be a part of the MHS community in some way. The houseparents recommended we try relief houseparenting. We applied and got hired to work in Elementary Division with Dan and Deb Campbell in 2000. Through the years, we have covered student homes in all grade levels. We have developed special relationships with both students and staff.
In 2017, the company that I worked for full-time closed its doors and I was unemployed. While job searching, I came across a post for a Driver CDL/Utility worker at MHS. I applied and was hired in October 2019.
2. How has COVID-19 impacted your role here?
Because of COVID-19 health and safety measures [precautions], I am not transporting students to any off-campus work, sporting or other events. I am helping out in the cafeteria.
3. How have you stepped up this year to help your department or MHS as a whole?
I believe in teamwork and this year it’s been important to lend a hand to anyone in need. In December, the Transportation department stepped up to help with the “12 Days of Christmas” by delivering daily gifts to the student homes from the President’s office.
4. What is your favorite aspect of the MHS community?
My favorite part is the students. The daily interactions with students make my job interesting and fun. I hope that I can be a positive influence in some way—even if it’s just a smile and a friendly, “Hello!”
5. Tell us something about your job that few people know?
Some people think that transportation workers just drive students in a bus all day. We also deliver clothing, meals, mail, and freight to the student homes in every school division.
Are you an Everyday Hero? Do you know someone who is deserving of this title? Email us their name and title at Milton Hershey School