Every year, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine welcome a new class of medical students who will call this small town home for the next four years. In addition, more than 1 million tourists visit Hershey as they seek to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings. Even though this high flow of tourists contributes greatly to the local economy, it is also responsible for much of the litter around the streets and parks.
Wanting to give back to a community that has welcomed them with open arms, a new group of medical students organized the second annual Kiss Hershey Back, the Derry Township Cleanup Day.
Kiss Hershey Back was a project originally developed by five medical students from the class of 2011. With the support of local businesses and community leaders, the first “Kiss Hershey Back” organized more than 800 volunteers to remove 28 cubic yards of litter and several old tires from the streets and parks and plant young trees around the community.
For the second annual Kiss Hershey Back, a group of students from the class of 2012 have taken on this effort. Kiss Hershey Back is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 18 with festivities to follow from 5-7 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering, donating or receiving additional information can go online at www.kisshersheyback.com or e-mail the students at email@example.com.