MHS Hosts Informational Event for Grandparent Caregivers
On Friday, April 13, Milton Hershey School hosted a Grandparents Lunch and Learn event for grandparent caregivers. A group of 67 people, including grandparents, family members, and grandchildren of all ages, attended the event to learn more about the opportunities available at MHS.
“Milton Hershey School is a residential campus and an extension of children’s existing family,” said Stacey Spangenburg, an admissions counselor at MHS. “We work as a team with students’ families at home to help them mature and grow.”
MHS admissions counselors shared the school’s fascinating history, which began with a dream and vision created by founders Milton and Catherine Hershey. Families learned about the school’s holistic, whole-child approach to education, including cost-free wraparound services such as medical and dental care, clothing, food, and a safe and secure campus.
Grandparents also gained more insight about the school’s top-notch education, including:
- Small class sizes—the average class at MHS is 15-17 students
- Comprehensive Career and Technical Education program
- Modern technology
- Internships and co-op program
- AP classes
- College credits
- Opportunities to accrue scholarships
“One of the things that’s unique about MHS is our experiential learning and career preparation. We talk about career preparation as early as elementary school,” said Spangenburg. “Students don’t just receive college preparation or technical preparation. They get both.”
Admissions counselors also discussed the school’s wide range of extra-curricular activities, including visual and performing arts, athletics, character and leadership development, and multicultural and global education programming.
Several additional speakers shared their experiences, including grandparents Tom and Sally Dunlap who made the decision to enroll their grandchildren at MHS. The boys are currently in fifth and sixth grade.
“We raised our grandchildren for a little over five years… but we realized, we’re getting older,” Sally Dunlap said. “They love [the school] and they’re thriving. It’s really like we’re at the sweetest place on earth.”
Alumnus Austin Shay ’13 shared why he and his grandmother chose MHS more than 10 years ago.
“I was raised by a single grandmother, and we lived in a small town in western Pennsylvania. My grandma was looking for options to give me a better future,” he said. “In eighth grade, I enrolled at MHS. During my time here, I decided to try everything and when I graduated, I was a certified veterinary technician. I had a very viable career option if I didn’t want to go to college.”
Austin went on to graduate from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in English, but continues to appreciate the agriculture experience he gained at MHS. He plans to return to campus this summer to teach students in the agriculture program.
At the conclusion of the event, families had the opportunity to tour the school’s residential student homes and learn more about the admissions process.
Milton Hershey School organizes multiple admissions events throughout the year to help prospective families determine if MHS is a good fit for their family. View a list of upcoming admissions events.