Milton Hershey School students build global mindset during service-learning trip in Ghana

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A group of 17 Milton Hershey School students and six adult staff members visited Ghana this summer as part of the school’s Multicultural and Global Education program. During the two-week trip, students and staff traveled throughout the country and assisted with various service-based activities with the local community.

“This trip to Ghana, and those like it, empower our students. The experience and memories they created will last them a lifetime, as will the lessons they learned about civic responsibility, leadership, ethics, empathy and collaboration,” said MHS President Pete Gurt ’85.

Students participated in a variety of service-based activities while in Ghana. Activities included planting shade trees on four new farms with the assistance of local farmers and staff of the Ghana Cocoa Board, also known as Cocobod. The more than 2,100 seedlings planted by students will help support the sustainability of Ghana’s local cocoa farms. The group also participated in an event with The Hershey Company and its partnership with Project Peanut Butter toprovide malnourished children ready-to-use therapeutic foods.

While in Ghana, students experienced a new culture, navigated a new language and explored historic sites, all while developing a global perspective. The group learned more about Ghanaian culture and traditions by touring the Manhyia Palace Museum, the former residence of Ashanti region royalty.

Students also visited the Fosco Demonstration School in Assin Fosu. Milton Hershey School has partnered with the Ghanaian school through a distance learning program which links students in Hershey and Ghana through real-time, high-definition technology. The partnership is one of many that Milton Hershey School has built with organizations around the world to help its students gain a multicultural education.

Milton Hershey School has made it a priority to create opportunities to cultivate strength of character by elevating global awareness and understanding among students. Through the Multicultural and Global Education program, students gain a better understanding of themselves, others and the systems in which they live to build the mindset needed to be productive citizens of today’s globally interconnected world and workforce.

In the past year, MHS students traveled to Iceland, Costa Rica and several countries throughout Europe as part of the program. International service learning and global awareness is an initiative for all MHS students to complete during their high school years. The goal is to empower students with worldly experiences to gain a better understanding of different cultures.

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