Health and Wellness

We believe every student’s future is full of possibilities

The health and wellness of students is a major priority at Milton Hershey School. The staff at MHS recognizes the impact that proper nutrition and health education, as well as physical activity, have on the children we serve.

MHS provides adequate nutritious meals and snacks and regular, quality physical activity for children and teens to grow and develop normally. Students learn about healthy, balanced diets, proper hydration, age-appropriate food portions and the importance of exercising regularly. In addition, MHS has removed sugary drinks and less healthy food from our campus and significantly lowered the fat and salt in menus and recipes.

The school’s initiative also is nationally recognized by the Healthier Generations national program, which further demonstrates the school’s commitment to preventing childhood obesity and to fostering the health of our students and staff.

Find out about the Student Health Services that  Milton Hershey School provides to all students here.


As part of Milton Hershey School’s founding principles, all students have all the clothing they need to be appropriately dressed at all times for all occasions, from chapel service to the pool. As the Deed of Trust states, our clothes are designed to have students dressed “plainly, neatly, and comfortably clothed, without distinctive dress.”*

Student’s get fitted twice a year in the Clothing Center with tailored, coordinated clothes. Each student has more than 70 items in their wardrobe.

Coordinated Clothing

Coordinated clothing is worn by elementary, middle and high school students each school day for classes, school events, visiting and other designated school functions.

  • School-issued shoes are to be worn to school.
  • School-issued bookbags are to be used to and from school (Elementary Division).
  • School-issued sweatshirts and sweaters may be worn when appropriate, but only as an outer garment/coordinated top required (Middle Division).

Leisure Wear Clothing

“Leisure wear” is best described as clothing worn for work and/or play in and around the student home, as well as to recreation and other designated activities. In most cases, it is up to the students and the houseparents to decide what is and is not appropriate for leisure wear.

Dress Wear Clothing

This is worn for Sunday Chapel, off-campus worship and other special occasions. The dress wear guidelines help students get ready for wearing professional formal and semi-formal attire.

Family and Sponsor-Provided Clothing

The school allows a limited amount of approved leisure and dress wear that the student and/or their family or sponsor provides. Please note that this sort of clothing must get school approval before being used.

If a parent or sponsor cannot afford to provide leisure wear, the school will provide it at no expense to the student and his or her family.

* Second restated Deed of Trust, November 15, 1909, p. 11


Keeping students in style

Spartan Styles is a fully licensed salon and barber shop on campus that provides free trims, hairstyles and hair care advice to students.

Every stylist and barber who works at Spartan Styles is a licensed professional, and the salon also employs students as shampooers. Along with several professional styling stations, the salon also features a self-styling station for students who want to practice styling their hair with the advice and guidance of a professional.


Safety and Security

The mission of the Campus Safety and Security Department is to provide Milton Hershey School students and staff with a safe and secure environment in which to learn, live, work and grow. We will accomplish our mission by partnering and collaborating with our community and visitors by providing professional safety and security services, and by affording dignity and respect to all individuals.

Security Services

The school’s safe, secure neighborhood community is closely monitored by the Safety & Security Department that patrols the campus and student homes 24 hours daily, seven days a week. In addition, all students and staff wear photo identification badges, and all student homes are equipped with electronic security systems.

Officers patrol MHS campus on mountain bikes

Officers on bicycle patrol will utilize the inherent advantages of the bicycle to accomplish task such as crime deterrence and enforcement patrol on campus.  The department anticipates the bicycle unit will be very effective in enforcing and deterring criminal activities while also providing students, employees and visitors with an approachable, visible representation of the MHS Security Department.  The Security Department will utilize bicycle officers on campus to reduce crime and increase contact with our students, staff and guest.

Accreditation

The Milton Hershey School Campus Safety & Security Department’s pursuit of international accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  Accreditation represents the pinnacle of professional achievement, and its attainment would place the Department in a very select group of campus security agencies that have earned this designation.  Read more about CALEA here.

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