MHS Welcomes Hershey Rotary Club to Campus for Luncheon
On April 3, 2017, Milton Hershey School hosted a Hershey Rotary Luncheon at Purcell Friendship Hall. Rotary members enjoyed listening to the MHS guitar ensemble as they greeted one another over lunch.
The program also included a welcome from President Pete Gurt ’85 and an overview of the school’s nationally recognized character and leadership development program, The Compass Project. Deanna Slamans, MHS Curriculum Supervisor for Social and Emotional Learning, shared how staff are providing leadership opportunities for students and teaching them to act with respect, integrity, and compassion.
From a student’s perspective, junior Janelle McGriff shared her understanding of character and leadership, and the inspiration she found from Erik Weihenmayer’s visit to campus in February 2017 as part of the school’s annual Perseverance Through Adversity speaker series.
MHS junior Jared Ross also shared how MHS provides him with global awareness and character-building experiences through international service learning. He reflected on his trip to Ghana in July 2016 and the lifelong lessons he gained on the trip.
Rotary members also had the opportunity to ask students questions about their experiences and the education they receive at MHS. Milton Hershey School partners with Rotary to create leadership opportunities for students and help them become active contributors in their communities.