MHS Senior Creates Activities for Younger Students, Pursues Degree in Elementary Education
Milton Hershey School senior Hunter Shippee has always been passionate about mentoring younger students. As he approaches graduation and plans to pursue a college degree in elementary education, Hunter recently worked with his peers to host an Easter egg hunt for elementary students on campus.
After leading his peers through the planning process, approximately 45 elementary students attended the event. Not only did they interact with high school students who serve as their role models, but the elementary students also enjoyed being active outdoors as they looked for Easter eggs.
“Working with kids gives me [great] experience since I’m going into the elementary education career field,” Hunter said. “I wanted to make an impact, and the goal was to see the kids have fun. I feel like I made a difference for them and contributed to their happiness.”
In addition to planning fun-filled events for younger students on campus, Hunter also motivates his peers to find opportunities to participate in peer-to-peer mentorship programs. Milton Hershey School’s Helping Hands mentorship program allows high school students to gain leadership experience by mentoring elementary schoolers.
“I want to inspire others to take on projects like this,” Hunter added. “I know these types of things can be intimidating, but the impact you have on the lives of others is truly remarkable.”
After graduating from Milton Hershey School in June, Hunter will be attending Eastern Connecticut State University to study elementary education.