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Holidays At MHS

Throughout November and December, Milton Hershey School is filled with holiday magic. This year, MHS is bringing our community together safely through student home contests, caroling nights, and festive gifts for one and all. MHS students involved with the Student Government Association played an integral role in planning all of the holiday surprises.

12 Days of Christmas at MHS

12 Days of Christmas Celebration

The holiday season has always been a special time for the MHS family. This year, MHS made the holidays even merrier with a “12 Days of Christmas” celebration presented by President Pete Gurt ’85 and his wife, Jane.

 

Student home Philadelphia

Student Home and TL Holiday Decorating Contest

Student homes and Transitional Living (TL) buildings participated in a holiday decorating contest. The winners will receive a hot chocolate bar and cookies from MHS Food Services when they return from Christmas Break.

12 Days of Christmas Festivities

Wednesday, Dec. 16 Swag Drop #7

Student homes and TL buildings received a box of MHS hoodies. The box also included a “singing holiday” card with a recorded audio message from President Pete Gurt ’85 and his wife, Jane.

Tuesday, Dec. 15 Swag Drop #6

Student homes and TL buildings received a box of MHS long-sleeve shirts.

Monday, Dec. 14 Santa Claus Comes to Town

Before Santa Claus and Rudolf headed back to the North Pole, they hitched a ride with the Hershey Fire Department to visit the Milton Hershey School campus.

Sunday, Dec. 13 Swag Drop #5

Student homes and TL buildings received a box of MHS crew cut socks.

Saturday, Dec. 12 Swag Drop #4

Student homes and TL buildings received a swag box full of MHS scarves for the winter.

Friday, Dec. 11 HERSHEY'S Chocolate Houses

The Hershey Company provided the necessary ingredients for MHS students and houseparents to create their own festive holiday chocolate houses.

Thursday, Dec. 10 Swag Drop #3

Student homes and TL buildings received a box of MHS beanies for the winter.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 Swag Drop #2

Student homes and TL buildings received a box of custom-made Spartan Croc Jibbitz for their house shoes.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 Swag Drop #1

Student homes and Transitional Living (TL) buildings in Senior Division received a box of Our Future in Focus-themed holiday ornaments. Student homes in Elementary and Middle Divisions received Our Future in Focus-themed shoelaces.

Monday, Dec. 7 Homestead Drive-Thru

MHS President Pete Gurt ’85, and his wife, Jane, provided a Winter Wonderland at the Homestead for students and Home Life staff to drive through.

Week of Sunday, Dec. 6 Christmas Meals

Student homes and Transitional Living (TL) buildings were treated to a special Christmas meal from the President’s Office.

Saturday, Dec. 5 Holiday Tree Displays

MHS Grounds employees lit up campus for the holidays with tree displays at the entrances of Memorial Hall, Catherine Hall, and in the Alumni Memorial Grove.

Hershey Partners Send Holiday Wishes to MHS

Members throughout the Hershey community continue to spread joy and uplift one another through virtual messages. Staff at several Hershey entities share their holiday wishes to the MHS family. They also remember the life-changing gift their founders Milton and Catherine Hershey gave to them, their organizations, and the residents of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

MHS Christmas Festivities

Tuesday, Dec. 1 Founders Hall Turns Red and Green

Founders Hall is decorated for the season! View the red and green display every evening through the end of December.

Thursday, Nov. 19 Hershey Sweet Lights

The MHS community was invited to an exclusive night at Hershey Sweet Lights on Thursday, Nov. 19. Students and staff drove through the festive displays and enjoyed a sweet treat from Hershey Entertainment & Resorts to kick off the holiday season.

Thursday, Nov. 19 Santa Letters

Santa sent letters to MHS student homes and Transitional Living (TL) buildings before the holiday season began.

Christmas tree decorative item

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MHS Thanksgiving Festivities

Then and Now Thanksgiving

Special Thanksgiving Meal

This year on Thanksgiving, MHS students enjoyed a special meal safely in their student homes and Transitional Living (TL) buildings following the MHS Health and Safety Plan.

Student home cooking a turkey 1964

Giving Thanks at MHS

For 111 years, the Milton Hershey School community has celebrated founders Milton and Catherine Hershey in November—the month we focus on giving thanks.

Thankfulness Chain

VPA Thankfulness Chain

This November, Milton Hershey School Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) program created a “Thankfulness Chain” to showcase what students are most thankful for during this season.

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