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ECE Named for Catherine Hershey

Milton Hershey School on January 26 announced that its new cost-free Early Childhood Education Initiative will bear the name of its visionary educational philanthropist and co-founder of MHS: Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning (CHS)  will honor the life and legacy of Catherine “Kitty” Hershey. 

“Catherine was a trailblazer,” said MHS President Peter G. Gurt ’85. “At a time when women had little involvement in business and legal affairs, Catherine was an equal partner to her husband in founding and growing MHS. When asked years later why he founded MHS, Milton Hershey answered, ‘It was Kitty’s idea.’”

Gurt continued, “As we embark on this exciting and unprecedented expansion of our mission to help children from poverty reach their full potential, it was an easy decision to name this initiative in Catherine’s honor. Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning is her legacy.”

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