President Obama Recognizes Milton Hershey School Student for Volunteer Service

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High School student Joshua Arledge honored for exemplary volunteer service

MHS student Joshua Arledge is honored for his exemplary volunteer service.

"It’s exciting to be able to educate children through sign language and expose them to something new," Josh said.

Milton Hershey School® senior Joshua Arledge has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Barack Obama.

President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who devote significant amounts of time to serve their communities and country. Josh created an instructional program called “Sign Time” to teach elementary-aged students sign language and help them develop a better understanding of the deaf community.

“It’s inspiring to read President Obama’s letter about the success of the program. It’s exciting to be able to educate children through sign language and expose them to something new,” Josh said.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people across America for outstanding volunteer service. Volunteer activities were judged on personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

“We are proud of Josh’s giving spirit and what he has accomplished while at Milton Hershey School. His willingness to help others is what Milton Hershey School is all about. He is a role model for all, and we commend him for his achievements,” MHS President Pete Gurt ’85 said.

Next fall, Josh will attend Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts college in the world specifically designed for deaf people, to study Elementary Education.

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Milton Hershey School® is one of the world’s best private schools, offering a top-notch education and positive home life to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from families of lower income at no charge.

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