Milton Hershey School
The Milton Hershey School Focuses on Educating Disadvantaged Youth
Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Milton Hershey School offers a cost-free education to children from the pre-K level to the 12th grade. Funded by the dedicated Milton Hershey Trust, the school provides a structured environment to underprivileged children that typically would not have one. The Milton Hershey School accepts young boys and girls of every ethnicity. Unable to have children of their own, chocolate entrepreneur Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine founded the school in order to assist disadvantaged youth in developing strength and integrity.
Typically, the school mainly accepts children from the state of Pennsylvania, focusing on the counties of Lancaster, Dauphin, and Lebanon, while there are students from across the country. To teach them responsibility, students are given chores and are responsible for keeping their dormitory clean. There are Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops situated right on campus. Believing that young people need to learn a trade as well as receive an academic education, high school students are required to train for a career in such fields as culinary arts, automotive technology, and computer information systems. Milton Hershey School is led by interim president John Estey and senior vice president and chief operating officer Pete Gurt; Gurt is also a Milton Hershey graduate.