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Pa. House Bill aims to turn student project into ‘soft’ statewide recognition

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — House Bill 2150 would add Hershey’s Kisses to Pennsylvania’s list of state symbols as a state candy — a delicious addition that would recognize a Midstate-based favorite, according to a news release. The idea for the bill came from students in the Council Rock School District in Bucks County.

A class at Newtown Middle School started the project to make Hershey’s Kiss the state candy while learning civics. Now in high school, students continue to champion the chocolate treat’s special designation. They even created a website to further their mission.

When eight students approached Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) about the idea, he decided to introduce legislation which could officially finalize Hershey’s Kiss as a state candy, according to the press release, which comes from Mehaffie’s office.

“I am so impressed by these young people who have invested their talent and their time to ensure that Hershey’s Kisses is recognized as it deserves. I have to admit, this is something that should have been done years ago, as the Hershey area is a tourism hub and a major chocolate manufacturer,” Mehaffie said in a press release.

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Emily Kennedy is the chair of the Hershey Kiss Committee and she is excited about the opportunity to make this college project a reality.

“I can’t even begin to explain what this means for me and for us as a group. It’s not just about making an iconic candy the state candy of Pennsylvania, but learning how it can get to this point. We were able to create a community within our own community and learn this legislative process together. Honestly, it’s more than I could have asked for from this unique learning opportunity and with this amazing group of girls and counselors,” Kennedy said.

“I am so proud to be part of this team for our perseverance over the past year and I hope this project will inspire others to become more involved in their community,” said the vice-president of the committee. , Kaitlyn Landers.

House Bill 2150 has been referred to the House State Government Committee for consideration. In the meantime, Pennsylvanians can show their support for the measure on social media with the hashtag #TheKiss4PA.