About five years ago, these children and their mother Jennifer lost what little they had in a fire. Jennifer had no insurance and little money.
After learning about MHS, she immediately completed applications for her children. Ages 14, 13, 10, and 8, the children have now been at the School for four years and are doing well.
Jennifer moved to Harrisburg to be closer to her children. Having dealt with unstable employment, Jennifer has hope that MHS will provide her children with college educations so that they will have better lives.
Alexander, a junior, and Laura, an 8th-grade student, have been at MHS for two years. Their mother Cathleen had been raising the two on her own since they were two- and six-years-old. Being a single mother with financial struggles, she looked into sending her children to MHS after a friend enrolled her children.
She says her children like MHS and are doing well. Alexander plays soccer and Laura participates in dance. Both have many good friends. This makes Cathleen feel good about her decision to send the children to MHS.
In 30 years, William and his wife served as foster parents to more than 100 children. They were often the last chance for children who would have otherwise been put in an institution. They have also adopted eight children who were in their care.
William's childhood includes the divorce of his parents and, later, the death of his mother. While he wasn't a stellar student, MHS gave him a foundation that has led to a successful career in environmental services and a lifelong mission to help children who need him most.
In 1998, Milton Hershey School honored William for his selfless giving by awarding him with the Alumni Achievement Award for Community Service.