Milton Hershey School Teacher Granted Education Award for Excellence

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Milton Hershey School

Established in November of 1909 by entrepreneur Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine, the Milton Hershey School provides a cost-free education and home life to students from low income families. Milton Hershey School delivers instruction through a team of experienced teachers, among the recipient of a Printing Industries of America (PIA) 2015 Education Award for Excellence, Michael DeAcosta.

Mr. DeAcosta serves as a graphic arts teacher at the school and possesses over 25 years of experience in print education. He began teaching there in 2002 and directs the Career/Technical Education program, which prepares students for postsecondary education by allowing them to focus on one of the 11 career pathways within the graphic communications field. His accomplishments include successfully leading efforts to receive accreditation for the program through the PrintED, an initiative administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation. PIA will present DeAcosta with the Education Award for Excellence at the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) 68th Annual Technical Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, in March 2016.

The Educational Awards of Excellence honor educators in the graphic communications field for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the preservation of the future of the graphic communications industry. Recipients of the award also include educators whose leadership correlates to a significant program, project, or accomplishment within their academic community. The PIA is open to nominations not only nationally but also for graphic communications instructors worldwide.

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MHS Helped Prepare Student for Valuable Career in Cancer Research

A co-residential academic institution serving students in pre-K through 12th grade, Milton Hershey School provides more than 2,000 students from low-income families with a cost-free education. Milton Hershey School focuses on delivering students a comprehensive and top-notch education that prepares them to lead a successful life.

MHS helps students achieve their goals and lead productive lives. MHS 2015 Alumnus of the Year, the director of a pediatric cancer research lab at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. J. Anthony Graves, PhD, MD, enrolled at the school when he was 14 and quickly developed his leadership abilities. He participated in the school’s various academic and athletic programs. In addition to valuable learning opportunities, Dr. Graves explains that the school provided him with the nurturing environment and positive relationships that set him on the path to become a successful student and award-winning researcher.

MHS president Pete Gurt notes that Dr. Graves exemplifies how MHS’s principles, such as service to others and hard work, can be applied in the real world to meaningful causes.

Houseparent, a Rewarding Career Choice

A residential school in Pennsylvania, the Milton Hershey school provides a top-notch education to students from families of lower income. During their time at the Milton Hershey School, students stay in home-like environments with eight to 12 other students of their same gender and age group, and are cared for by houseparents. Becoming a houseparent can be a rewarding career choice for people who enjoy working with young people.

Houseparents assist with school work and activities, and helping students maintain the shared living environment. Working as a houseparent can give individuals the satisfaction of knowing they have had a meaningful impact on the lives of youth.