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MHS Hosts Annual Founders Feast to Encourage Reflection and Community

On Sunday, Nov. 11, more than 2,000 Milton Hershey School students and staff gathered for the school’s annual Founders Feast—a special program and dinner that’s devoted to reflection and community. The MHS family reflected on the Hersheys’ generosity and how MHS is both a school and a home.

“The true measure of the Hersheys’ generosity is the thousands of lives saved, the generations of families transformed, and the millions of dreams that have been inspired,” said MHS President Pete Gurt ’85. “Their gift has lasted long after their lifetime and that is what we celebrate today.”

MHS President Pete Gurt '85 at 2018 Founders Feast

During the event, students had opportunities to reflect on their gratitude, intent, vision, and enthusiasm for making a difference on campus and their commitment to acting with strong character and leadership—just like their founders.

Founders Feast kicks off Founders Week, an annual week-long celebration that honors founders Milton and Catherine Hershey and their vision to help children achieve success through a top-notch education. November 13, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Hersheys’ decision to ensure the well-being and future of Milton Hershey School in perpetuity by placing the bulk of their fortune into a trust for the school.

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