Academy Award winning filmmaker to screen documentary on Sundance

Sundance Channel will screen Cynthia Wade’s LIVING LEGACY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL on May 17th. Here’s a little taste of the inspiring stories captured in this moving documentary.

Directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Cynthia Wade, LIVING THE LEGACY follows four young students as they separate from their parents and enroll in Milton Hershey School, a residential school in Pennsylvania. The film follows the children during their first school year – a turbulent, dramatic and eye-opening experience for the students and their families. One hundred years ago, chocolate magnate Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine decided to use their wealth to create a home and a school for orphaned children. Today, Milton Hershey School provides an exceptional residential education for 1,800 boys and girls at no cost to their families. In this centennial year, LIVING THE LEGACY celebrates Hersheys generosity and vision and tells a raw and honest story of our countrys youngest generation.

Milton Hershey School was founded in 1909, by Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine, to provide children in need with a positive, structured and nurturing home life and outstanding education. The School is a cost-free, private coeducational home and school for children from families of low income, limited resources and social need and is the largest of its kind in the nation. Today, Milton Hershey School Today, Milton Hershey School serves nearly 2,000 children offering opportunities and resources to help them overcome their challenging beginnings. The students live in family-like homes on campus and are provided a first-rate education, and become a part of a supportive and nurturing community.

Mr. Hershey believed so strongly in the importance of the School that before his death, he devoted his entire fortune to ensure its continued growth and development. Simply put, every time someone enjoys a Hershey product, they help to foster opportunity through the students, educators and staff at Milton Hershey School.

“During our centennial, we are celebrating the success of Milton Hershey School alumni and thanking people across the country for the role they play in supporting the School,” said Dr. Anthony Colistra, President, Milton Hershey School and a graduate of the MHS class of 1959. “We want to raise awareness of Milton Hershey School and its good work so that we attract talented staff – from educators to health professionals to houseparents – as well as new students who need an opportunity at a better life.”

For more information about Milton Hershey School centennial and the Hershey Legacy, visit the official site.

And watch the trailer here.