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At Hershey Park: 1)Chocolate World: Chocolate making process ride 2)Zoo America 3)Hershey Museum 4)Giant Center Complex 5)Trolley Tour 6)3D Laser Show 7)The Park 8)Huge Hershey Store
For all type of tourist, local, regional, national, and worldwide, many have no idea of the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania. The history of the town of Hershey is densely enriched with tradition and local legacy. Hershey's logo is " The Sweetest Place on Earth" which may be true, due to the vast amount of new development, not taking away form each small businesses, that still shows popularity and attraction.
HISTORY The town of Hershey, was planted from the roots up by Milton Snavely Hershey, and his wife Catherine Hershey in the 1900's. As the man who created the Chocolate Bar, but started his career making small caramels in Lancaster Pennsylvania, gave way to the biggest chocolate industry today. His success was not direct, but long lived, as he failed over 10 times, trying to build his Chocolate fantasy.
THE TROLLEY TOUR At Chocolate World, within the whole Amusement Park, there is a old Rail Trolley Car that takes its' passengers on a ride around the town of Hershey. A guide talks about the historical landmarks, that Mr. Hershey had built for this town. As the Trolley drives past the real Chocolate Factory, that is still run today, a guild explains how Mr. Hershey built his Chocolate Dream Town. He did indeed build the town of Hershey, once his Chocolate company was successful, for his workers. At the time of the Depression, when workers were relieved from their jobs and paid less, Mr. Hershey paid them more, and built the town to accommodate them.
The Trolley drives to Hershey Gardens, to a place where his wife Catherine loved to plant. It runs by the overseeing hotel, Hotel Hershey; with gulf course and all.
As the Trolley ride continues, the guide acts as though they are in the present time when Mr. Hershey was building his town. A person rides on the back of the Trolley(unseen by the passenger),it stops at these various locations, he runs from the back to the front of the Trolley, dressed up as a character from the time of Hershey, gets on and explains to them the location of scene they are at.
MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL As the Trolley continues to travel through the town, it makes a very short stop at the school that he gave his whole fortune to after his wife Catherine died in 1918. Mr. Hershey and his wife could not have children, so they wanted to build a school for orphan boys; Hershey Industrial School, which name has now changed. The school was then built in 1909. Its' mission was to nature and educate children with social and financial needs to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
As the passengers ride passed the school, which now looks like a huge college campus, little to no information is given on the school as it stands at the present time.
PRESENT MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL The school is a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for children of low income, limited, or social need. It offers a positive, structured home life year around, ranging from Pre Kindergarden to 12th grade education.
The campus has 1,364 students from Pre-K to 12th grade, 660 are male, and 704 are female. 47% of the students are Caucasian, 47% being African American, 11% Hispanic, 1% Asian, and 9% being Native American or other. The school provides housing, which includes all meals, uniformed and leisure clothing, free educations, and leisure activities, including varsity sports, intramurals, and clubs.
At the end, or term of each students schooling, trade, military, or college is partially piad for with the Continuing Education Scholarship. Each student must meet certain standards to receive this scholarship.
BACK TO THE TROLLEY RIDE The Trolley Ride guide will not tell you any of this information, but that Mr. Hershey has built a school. However, he dedicated his entire fortune to these students at the Milton Hershey School,and buy purchasing a Hershey produce, you are contributing to the bettering of each one of these less fortunate students.
WHEN AT HERSHEY PARK If you have never been, or have been on the Trolley Ride at Hershey Park, you can now fully understand the background of Mr. Hershey, his town, and his legacy that is left behind, not just the chocolate company, but the caring man-Mr. Hershey and his wife were to children. You may also draw a connection to not having children, with the need for a place for children to have fun: Hershey Park!