Milton Hershey School Produces Special Program about Educating Children from Poverty

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Learn about the school’s life-shaping programs through success stories

Garry Gilliam '09 enrolled at Milton Hershey School when he was seven years old.

“Our students are given opportunities to create a better life for themselves. We provide the tools to do that, but it’s up to them to take advantage of it and lead a fulfilling and productive life,” MHS President Pete Gurt ’85 said.

Milton Hershey School® produced a special half-hour television program, Success Starts Here, which features students, staff, alumni and parents who have achieved success in their lives with the help of the school.

“Our students are given opportunities to create a better life for themselves. We provide the tools to do that, but it’s up to them to take advantage of it and lead a fulfilling and productive life,” MHS President Pete Gurt ’85 said. “We have proof of that success among our nearly 10,000 alumni, who are accomplished professionals and active contributors in their communities.”

Topics highlighted in the program include social and emotional learning; top-notch academics with an emphasis on STEAM, technology, and hands-on learning opportunities for children from circumstances of poverty; career/technical education; and postgraduate supports.

The journey of current Seattle Seahawk and MHS graduate Garry Gilliam’09 is one of the stories highlighted in the program. Gilliam’s mother enrolled him at MHS when he was 7 years old. He thrived academically and athletically and earned a full scholarship to play football at Penn State. He is currently a starting offensive lineman in the NFL.

“Milton Hershey School helped me to focus on the right things—academics and sports. I got my life in line,” Gilliam said. “If you embrace the opportunities, it can definitely benefit anyone.

Milton Hershey School currently educates more than 2,000 students from across the U.S. at its campus in Hershey, Pa. For more than 100 years, the school has been providing a brighter future for students from low-income families. Students have access to small class sizes, sports, music, arts, and the ability to earn continuing education scholarships, all at no cost to families.

Learn more about Milton Hershey School and watch “Success Starts Here” at mhskids.org.

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ABOUT MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL
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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