Taking care of the community: Kiss Hershey Back

Each month, the Community Service team at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, learns about a different community service activity being performed by members of the Penn State Hershey campus. At a recent monthly meeting, medical student David Baird shared information about Kiss Hershey Back

Kiss Hershey Back, the annual Derry Township clean-up and beautification day, will be held April 30, 2011. Projects include roadway clean up, park maintenance and beautification, and tree planting. A community luncheon will follow the morning projects.

Kiss Hershey Back was organized in 2008 by Penn State medical students Clint Ellingson, Clayton Hess, Nathan Hull, Mathew Nerdin and Baird. Ellingson, who saw the need for a clean-up day after noticing trash while running in Hershey. The 2010 Planning Committee members were Carolyn Baloh, Ellie Goldwasser, Melanie Hodge, Julie Hull, Emily Nebzydoski, Kristina Shenk, Ashley Weber and Kristen Zamietra. Last year, 431 bags of trash, 122 bags of recycling, and eight tires were collected. Three linden trees and 2,525 flowers were planted.

All hospital employees and medical students are encouraged to give back to their community by participating in Kiss Hershey Back. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.kisshersheyback.com

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Last Updated November 18, 2010