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.

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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.

Alliance Schools Program Supports Graduates in Postsecondary Education

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Alliance Schools Program
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Milton Hershey School accepts students from across the country regardless of their financial circumstances and provides an education that focuses on academic achievement, personal development, and future success. Based in Pennsylvania, Milton Hershey School (MHS) continues to support students beyond graduation through the Alliance Schools Program.

The program represents a partnership between MHS and postsecondary intuitions that support MHS graduates throughout their postsecondary education. Institutions within the alliance include technical schools and two- and four-year colleges that offer special programs developed as part of the partnership. Students receive individualized attention from an assigned Alliance staff member who provides support and resources designed to help graduates succeed in college and acquire the necessary degree or certificate to pursue their chosen career.

Furthermore, students who attend a postsecondary institution within the alliance gain access to many additional benefits that range from guaranteed housing and apartment referrals to opportunities for internships and part-time work. The program offers first-year adjustment and transition courses to help students prepare for college life and promote their academic achievement.

High School Virtual Reality Technology Classes Teach Critical Thinking

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Computer Technology
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Founded in 1909, Milton Hershey School provides students with free high-quality education. During the 2016-2017 school year, Milton Hershey School students were provided the opportunity to use virtual reality technology to learn problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking.

Students enrolled in the school’s Computer Technology career pathway use HTC Vive virtual reality cameras to tap into computer programs and view distant parts of the world. The cameras are also incorporated in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) classes, allowing students to digitally create 3D designs of solutions to current world problems. The 3D designs can be saved and shared with course instructors and other students easily.

Instructors from the school’s Computer Technology program predict that the jobs their students will apply for have not been invented today. Through equipping students with virtual reality skills, the school better positions the students to adapt to a changing job market, preparing them for success after graduation.