Milton Hershey School Students Write Letters to Future Selves
Milton Hershey School’s 2020-21 school year began with an Opening of School celebration spread out over several weeks of Our Future in Focus themed activities. This week, students were asked to write a letter to their future self—setting goals, envisioning what they want to accomplish, and brainstorming ways they can positively influence others.
MHS Elementary Division students at student home Maplewood aspire to be teachers, coffee baristas, and hairstylists.
Houseparents and Transitional Living (TL) staff collected the letters and sealed them with an official Our Future in Focus sticker and placed all letters back in the third surprise box.
This box is to be placed in a visible location in the student home/TL building where students can see it throughout the school year. In June, students will open the seal, re-read their letters, and see all they have accomplished.
This activity aligns with the Compass Project, a school-wide initiative that helps students develop skills focused on social and emotional learning, spiritual development, character and leadership development, and health and wellness. Each month students participate in activities in classrooms and student homes focused on these four disciplines. The August Compass Project lesson is about self-reflection and working to make thoughtful decisions.