Milton Hershey School Facilities Staff, Lifer Shares Memories of His Houseparents
By Neil Hunsinger ’98, MHS Facilities Coordinator
I attended Milton Hershey School from kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated as an MHS lifer. From the start in elementary school, I credit my houseparents for the man that I am today. They are such loving people. I see a part of each one of them in me—as a person, father, and husband. I can’t thank them enough for everything that they did for me as a child and today as an adult.
They laid the foundation for me as a new student. When students enroll at MHS, they need consistency in their lives, and houseparents provide that. I had a fantastic experience as a kid here. I remember the transition coming here was easy, and everything my student home did made it feel normal. I loved my student home experiences from Elementary through Senior Division.
MHS was my home for so long, so it’s really cool to come back as a staff member and be colleagues with houseparents now. I keep in contact with my housemothers and housefathers. I also get to interact with other houseparents on a daily basis through my role here. I worked in Central Monitoring before my current role in Facilities. It’s fun to interact with staff and continue those relationships.