MHS Students Celebrate Reading with “Harry Potter” Themed Dinner
Milton Hershey School’s dining services team recently celebrated the “Harry Potter” book series by creating a menu centered around themes and characters in the novels. MHS houseparents and students could choose from a variety of options, including cottage pie, barbecue turkey legs, “Molly Weasly’s onion soup,” and dessert assortments with pumpkin pasties, chocolate-molded frogs, and more.
The dining services team also provided recipes to engage students and help them make connections to the book through exciting dishes like pumpkin juice and porridge.
“This evening has grown into more than just a dinner, but an event that allows me to bring the world of “Harry Potter” to life for students,” said Jennifer Stack, a houseparent at MHS. “My goal is to foster a love for reading, writing and the arts.”
In addition to the themed dinner, Stack recreated several memorable scenes from the books including platform nine and three quarters, the wand shop, the talking sorting hat, and the three broomsticks. While students enjoyed the creative activities, they also learned important lessons of perseverance.
“The event is a platform I use to illustrate a true story of perseverance. JK Rowling, the author, experienced many hardships throughout her life. Despite this, Rowling pushed on, graduated from college, and did not give up on her creative process. The rest is history,” Stack added. “I hope her story inspires our students to reach for greatness despite their past, current, or future struggles.”
Milton Hershey School encourages students to develop a genuine love for learning in and out of the classroom. Through our character and leadership development program, they also build strong character and gain the tools and resources to overcome adversity.