• Special Programs
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Program

    Young Reader's Choice graphic

    Hershey Elementary School students are encouraged to participate in the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Program (PYRCA) sponsored by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association.

    The purpose of this program is to promote the reading of quality books by the young people in the state; to promote teacher and librarian involvement in children’s literature; and to honor an author whose work has been recognized by the children of Pennsylvania. Students read books from the appropriate Grades K-3 or Grades 3-6 lists developed by the PYRCA committee.

    To qualify to vote for their favorite book, students must read or listen to at least three titles from their list. Students cast their votes in March, and the winners are announced at the Pennsylvania School Librarians Conference in the spring.

    Past Winners


  • Author Visits
    The Hershey Elementary PTO generously provides the monies to fund special author/illustrator visits. Students and staff alike enjoy the 40-minute assembly programs authors/illustrators present, as well as the opportunity to purchase autographed books.
  • Visiting Authors