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Creative Ways to Be Golden and Show Positive Spirit Toward Others

By Adria Miller and Mary Readinger, Milton Hershey School Senior Division Behavior Support Specialists

Milton Hershey said: “What I want to do is to find a practical use for what I have—to put it to work in a way that will benefit others.”

As we continue practicing social distancing and staying at home as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the lack of control of the situation may trigger frustration and anxiety that can affect your mental health. One way to regain control is by becoming proactive and reaching out to others for help.

At the beginning of the school year, the Milton Hershey School community was encouraged to “Be Golden” by living the Golden Rule and following the school’s Sacred Values of Commitment to Mission, Integrity, Mutual Respect, and Positive Spirit.

Here are creative ways to brighten someone’s day by following either the Golden Rule or the MHS Sacred Values:

  • Make a face mask for yourself and others. Learn how to make one.
  • Mail thank you letters to local first responders or health care facilities.
  • Share your art or music online.
  • Post a sign of encouragement in your front lawn, a window, or create sidewalk chalk art.
  • Offer to do yardwork for an elderly neighbor.
  • Think about how to celebrate special occasions at home—like Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10.
  • Record a happy video and send it to a family member, friend, teacher, or mentor.
  • Host a virtual game night with friends.
  • Send a thank you email to a teacher or coworker that you appreciate.

Read More on the MHS Coronavirus Response

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