A Brief Biography of Milton S. Hershey

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Milton S. Hershey
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American chocolatier Milton S. Hershey founded Milton Hershey School, a private school serving pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students from low-income families. Having himself grown up poor, he wanted to put his vast wealth toward ensuring that youths would have an opportunity to go to school, acquire an education, and ultimately achieve happiness, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Born just before the American Civil War, Mr. Hershey came from a Mennonite family, though he participated little in formal religion. His initial efforts at business failed, with his first success coming in the creation of caramels during his late 1830s. After a large order from a wealthy English candy importer, he found his momentum and was able to support both considerable travel and a taste for refined, elegant items.

His candy business shifted from caramel to chocolate in the late 1800s, when he sold the Lancaster Caramel Company to competitors for $1 million. He invested his proceeds in chocolate, and by 1905, he had created the factory that would propel his business to great heights. He was a staunch believer in sharing the fruits of success, and so founded Milton Hershey School alongside his wife, Catherine, in 1909. Learn more about his school and its continued work by visiting www.mhskids.org.


Milton Hershey School Named a Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania

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Milton Hershey School
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Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Milton Hershey School (MHS) is a private, year-round pre-K-12 school that serves students from low-income backgrounds. The school offers classes, room, board, and extracurricular activities at no cost to parents. In addition to the numerous benefits provided to its students, Milton Hershey School was recognized for the third consecutive year in 2017 as one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.

Along with competitive salaries, full-time employees at MHS receive numerous benefits. These include health, life, disability, dental, and vision insurance. Full-time employees may also participate in MHS’s 403(b) retirement plan. If eligible, they also may partake in the school’s tuition reimbursement program and its professional development program. MHS offers supplementary benefits like bereavement leave, adoption assistance, local discounts, and flex spending accounts.

In addition, approved employees have access to many of the school’s athletic facilities, including its track, basketball court, swimming pool, fitness room, and ice rink.

MSH’s recognition as a Best Place to Work shows that its employees are happy. Companies are chosen, in part, based upon scores received from employee satisfaction surveys. The 2017 awards recognized 100 Pennsylvania companies.

The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

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Extracurricular Activities
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Founded in 1909, Milton Hershey School offers quality education to children who come from lower income backgrounds. The academic programs at Milton Hershey School are complemented by hands-on learning opportunities, as well as hundreds of extracurricular activities.

Studies have shown that participation in extracurricular activities positively correlates with regular class attendance, improved performance in school, and an increased desire in students to pursue post-secondary education. Apart from aiding academic achievement, extracurricular activities help students build self-esteem, set and achieve goals, learn teamwork, and explore professional and personal interests.

Extracurricular activities also have indirect benefits for students at the college level. College admissions boards place value on the commitment and initiative evidenced by participation in extracurricular activities. Students with lower grade point averages or admissions test scores can improve their likelihood of being admitted by showing meaningful participation in quality extracurricular programs. Experience gained through extracurricular programs also can help students obtain scholarships and other forms of financial aid.

Using the Great Outdoors to Develop Scientific Inquisitiveness

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Scientific Inquisitiveness
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Milton Hershey School provides excellent pre-K through 12th-grade education to students from low-income backgrounds and underserved areas. The teachers at Milton Hershey School offer a problem-based approach to learning that encourages students to be inquisitive. Parents can develop this same type of inquisitiveness in their own children by giving them some “green time,” or some time spent in the great outdoors.

Historically, there was a single right answer in science classes. Children were given a picture of a leaf and asked to identify the type of tree from which it came. This type of learning discourages exploration and produces students who have difficulty thinking outside the box. Instead of asking children to identify the leaves, parents may want to challenge them to think about how the leaf relates to the environment.

Saying that a leaf came from an oak tree is only the first step. Next, parents should ask children to think about why an oak tree would be in the area and how this plant fits into the other flora and fauna around it. Taking time to point out the animals and insects living in the tree turns children into explorers and sparks a number of questions about how what the tree gives to the forest and what it takes. This zest for exploration, in turn, will make them good scientists in the classroom.