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FOX43 Showcases How Milton Hershey School and Houseparents Help Children in Need

Featuring Shannon Butler, MHS Houseparent

Television news station, FOX43, recently aired an in-depth story highlighting how Milton Hershey School and its houseparents lift children out of poverty. The piece features MHS ninth-grader Candie Kolleh, who’s forged a special relationship with houseparent Shannon Butler. Candie’s mom, Venus, died suddenly in December of 2018 when Candie was a student in the Butlers’ student home. To support Candie through this challenging time, the Butlers came up with a unique and lasting way to memorialize Venus.

This profile is an example of the impact that houseparents can make, shows why the role is so rewarding, and explains how MHS recruits for such an important job.


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