Hershey Montessori School News
May 27, 2021 by Staff Report

Hershey's food systems project collaborated in an integrated project through humanities, integrated science and business classes...

Food Systems Project

Hershey’s food systems project collaborated in an integrated project through humanities, integrated science and business classes. Hershey 10th- and 11th-year students chose a food item to research, design/produce and sell at local markets.

To support quality production, students have learned foundational food chemistry and applied the scientific method to improve their products. They have also investigated historical, cultural and social justice aspects of their product to strengthen their branding and storytelling.

Students needed to calculate the price of production and break even points to be approved for a microloan from Hershey’s Microeconomy; the information was presented to expert guest judges in a “Shark Tank” style event.

As they near the end of the project, their focus is now on website creation, production and packaging of their products. Students will soon attend a local farmer’s market event and set up a stand at the Huntsburg Campus to sell their products and earn funds to repay their initial loans.

Gender Identity Panel Held

A panel presentation on the formation of gender identity and ways to support our children and adolescents’ well-being was held on May 25. The presentation was a continuation of the morning coffee that took place on April 15.

Panel presenters included Dr. Vanessa Jensen, clinical/pediatric psychologist, board certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s and treasurer of the Geauga County SOGI Support Network; Gulnar Feerasta, director of programs at The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland and board member of the LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County; and Lucy McNees, Hershey Montessori School senior and co-conspirator of the Huntsburg Student Organization Antiracist Initiative.