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One Stroke to Midnight

One Stroke to Midnight

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Published by: Signor Ferrari on Oct 13, 2010
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11/03/2011

 
Anyonethere?Anyonecare?
Onestroketomidnightfor children...
 
“If the wrong people or organization get control...” 
 Rendering of prototype showing child housing  facilities proposed by current MHS Board of  Managers.This compound would house
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children in congregated and segregate“institutional” facilities,“buffered” from thecommunity.Below is a prototype of one 40-child “block.” These congregated “blocks” will lack play space,open space,and natural diversions and will be staffed by caretakers “dormitory-style” rather than by houseparents in a student home “family.”  Milton & Catherine Hershey mandated that MHS children live innatural and homelike settings under the care of houseparent couples.The Hersheys insisted on plenty of play and open spaces for their MHSchildren,in homes spread throughout the community.This allowed  MHS children to avoid any trace of “institionalization” and gavethem a feeling of having a “real home” in Derry Township.The MHS Board of Managers is seeking to end this.
“These [children] must grow up witha feeling that they have a real home.” 
— Milton S.Hershey 
“If the wrong people or organization get control,they can spend or give away more money in a short time than I have made in my life,to build monuments unto themselves, for their own financial gains,ego and recognition —whoseheads would swell and hearts would shrink,who would  give to those who had plenty and take away fromthose who had little or none.” 
— Milton S.Hersh
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Anyone There? Anyone Care?
TABLEOFCONTENTS
Preface:
 Something Has Gone Terribly Wrong 
1I.Imposing
“Institutionalization” 
By Force4II.
 Fact & Fiction:
Phantom Graduate School Degrees & Other Tall Tales
27 
III
.
Pattern of Incitement:
“Why Do the Alumni Hate Us?” “Manager Experimentationon Children” “They want to hurt MHS!” 
34IV.Enrollment, Politics, & Child-Crowding: How NOT to Run a Childcare Charity!38V
.
Shifting Positions When Convenient:
 Flip-Flop-Flip-Flop-Flip-Flop...
43VI.“Springboard” to MHS Presidency: O’Brien Sells Out Childcare Reforms,Supporters, & MHSAA46VII.Bitter Chocolate: What Becomes of a Candymaker’s Residential ChildcarePhilanthropy When
“The Wrong People” 
Get Control57
Onestroketomidnightforchildren...
DEDICATION
&
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
This essay is dedicated to every bewildered child who has ever needed a home, every loving parent or guardianwho has ever needed help, and Milton & Catherine Hershey who graciously cared about both.While responsibility for the material presented here is solely and fully mine, this essay reflects the tireless efforts of several individuals toiling away for weeks, but who have asked to remain anonymous. Where the essay succeeds at all, a large part of any credit due belongs to them. I humbly acknowledge their roles and thank them for their kind assistance.

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