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Opening of School 2021

Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year

This year’s weeklong Opening of School Celebration was filled with lots of fun and surprises for the entire Milton Hershey School community. Relive the celebration on social media using #MHSSpartanStrong.

Milton Hershey School Senior Division girls at Opening of School pep rally

Opening of School Fun

In honor of our co-founders, who believed in the power of community, MHS is following in their footsteps with this year’s theme, Greater Together. Let’s take a look back at our Opening of School themed activities.

Milton Hershey School commemorates Opening of School Celebration with fireworks show

MHS Commemorates Opening of School Celebration with Fireworks

As part of the conclusion of Milton Hershey School’s Opening of School Celebration, fireworks flew over Hershey. To unite our communities from far and wide, we shared the fireworks show live on Facebook.

2021 Opening of School Highlights

This year, Milton Hershey School united its community with a memorable Opening of School Celebration. Students and staff participated in many events related to our 2021-22 theme, Greater Together. Relive the fun with this Opening of School highlights video.

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Opening of School Activities

No matter our past and the pain we’ve endured, there is greatness inside each of us—our MHS community helps to unlock that greatness. View all of our Opening of School activities below.

Saturday, Aug. 14: Kick-Off

The 2021 Opening of School Celebration kicked off in student homes and TL buildings with a dinner, kick-off video unveiling the theme, and special delivery.

Milton Hershey School Middle Division students with Opening of School t-shirts

Saturday, Aug. 14: Founders Hall Lights

From Aug. 14-20, Founders Hall was illuminated with a combination of colors to represent the promise of a new school year and the 2021-22 theme, Greater Together.

Milton Hershey School Opening of School Founders Hall brown and gold

Sunday, Aug. 15: Chapel Messages

As Chapel resumes at MHS, Pastor Mike shares messages that bring the new school year’s theme to life.

Monday, Aug. 16: First Day of School

To welcome students to the first day of the 2021-22 school year, MHS held outdoor pep rallies at each scholastic building featuring DJs, balloon arches, signage, and MHS staff cheering them on. The fun didn’t stop there!

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Milton Hershey School Elementary Division students walking to school for Opening of School

Wednesday, Aug. 18: Random Act of Kindness Day

Students and staff across campus were encouraged to complete a random act of kindness as part of our collective effort to demonstrate that we are greater together. Send a kind note throughout the school year using our themed notecard below.

Milton Hershey School Random Act of Kindness Day

Friday, Aug. 20: Fireworks Finale

On Friday, as part of the conclusion of Milton Hershey School’s Opening of School Celebration, our students, staff, and the entire Hershey, Pennsylvania community got to experience a short fireworks display.

Milton Hershey School commemorates Opening of School Celebration with fireworks show

2021-22 School Year Theme: Greater Together

This school year, we are focusing on our community’s strength and prosperity as we become greater together. This annual theme reunites students, staff, parents/sponsors, and the entire MHS community after an unprecedented year.

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Greater Together Theme Reveal

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MHS Middle School Student Thrives

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MHS Staff Spread Positivity Across Campus

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MHS Alumna Shares Advice with Students

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Milton Hershey School 2021-22 Opening of School Theme Greater Together

Downloadable Theme Assets

Download the MHS theme graphics to carry this year’s Opening of School message with you all school year. Options include:

  • Wallpapers for desktops, IPads, and mobile devices
  • Email headers
  • Posters
  • Facebook filter

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