Milton Hershey School Students Help Beautify the Hershey Community Garden
The Hershey Community Garden (HCG) will soon install a beautification project on its grounds—an art mural by Milton Hershey School’s Year-Round Experiences (YRE) students. This colorful creation will bring life to the storage bins and fencing areas of the two-acre community garden located at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
“This project allows our MHS students (of all ages) to come together and work creatively on a mural that will help in the beautification of the Hershey Community Garden,” said John Davis, MHS Art Educator and Gallery Coordinator.
YRE students from each division participated in the mural project using stencils of garden-themed designs such as butterflies, fruits, vegetables, and plants.
“Engaging MHS students to create art murals epitomizes the inclusive, community-focused nature of the HCG,” said Kathleen McGraw, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) Director of Communications and Corporate Responsibility. “Additionally, it gives the students an opportunity to learn about community gardening and its impact on Hershey residents.”
The Hershey Community Garden is a resource developed by the Hershey Impact Group, which includes representatives from all of the Hershey Entity partners including HE&R, The Hershey Company, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Milton Hershey School, and M.S. Hershey Foundation.
The goal of the garden is to encourage neighborly connections and healthy lifestyles. Today, more than 245 garden plots occupy land next to the Medical Center. Members of the community can tend to their own plots or contribute to philanthropic plots where the produce is donated to local charities.
The MHS student mural will be installed at the end of the summer. To learn more about the Hershey Community Garden, visit hersheycommunitygarden.org.