• "The area I came from wasn’t the best environment. Though I didn’t want to be here at first, I’d say my mom did the right thing. The houseparents are like family. They changed my life. I matured in all aspects from being a little kid to growing into a man.”

    ~Jacob Edwards, Class of 2018

  • "Discipline, respect, loyalty, and love are what I learned from the houseparents. I have 3 older brothers and we all went there. Thanks Kurn Hattin–Always the place I call home."

    ~Stephen Smith, Class of 1994

  • "The lessons of life that I still carry today were taught to me at Kurn Hattin 50 plus years ago. Although many of my teachers who stood at the ‘fork in the road’ are gone, I carry on their legacy. And now I stand at the fork in the road to point the way for those who follow.”

    ~Jerry L. Bardwell, Class of 1973, Trustee

  • "Kurn Hattin provided advice, support, and encouragement to pursue my dreams. The most important lesson I learned was to be humble, kind, and help those who were less fortunate. Because of Kurn Hattin, I have found my voice, my purpose in life, and my passion to help those who are in need.”

    ~Heather Kampfer, Class of 2001, Alumni Association President

  • “Best years of my life. I’m now 36 married and have 3 beautiful daughters. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for everything this school did for me. Kurn Hattin definitely made me the man I am today.”

    ~Tom Adkins, Class of 1995

  • "I support Kurn Hattin partly for sentimental reasons and as a teacher, I know the needs of children who no longer can live at home. I like their philosophy—to return the children home to their families. The families are given time to strengthen and heal. The children are given every chance to succeed and find their own niche whether it is with music, sports, writing, or animals."

    ~ Carol Howe, Friend & Supporter

  • "Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth. It’s a phrase I associate with my upbringing at Kurn Hattin. I attended Kurn Hattin from 3rd to 8th grade and was given security, consistency, guidance, and direction. The girls, boys, teachers, and houseparents became my forever family.”

    ~Kim (Sherrick) Dawson, Class of 1982

  • "I still remember walking into Kurn Hattin. The scared little girl I was. Seeing myself grow over the years has been a blessing. But I never could have done it without the backbone of my forever home. Thank you, all of you. I really did it. I graduated high school!"

    ~ Makiah Curtis, Class of 2012

  • "I can’t help reiterating my admiration and thanks to a wonderful haven for needy children and one which has provided guidance, education and encouragement to many, many children, who have gone on to lead meaningful adulthood lives, some who have become leaders in society.”

    ~James Barschdorf, Class of 1944

  • "I love Kurn Hattin and miss it like crazy.  Kristi Lisai, thank you for being the BEST English teacher ever, being so easy to talk to, and teaching me how to be such a good writer!  Richard M. Long, thank you for never giving up on me when I would do so badly in social studies.  And to all of the other teachers and staff, just thank you for being my ... AWESOME TEACHERS!"

    ~ Chelsea Candello, Class of 2012

  • "My son has since graduated from high school and just turned 18! He’s an accomplished jazz musician and artist. Thank you Kurn Hattin for all you do for children.” 

    ~Chantal Paulino, Mother

  • "I’m grateful to have had the experience at Kurn Hattin Homes, which was my and my brother’s ‘village’ that made such a positive mark on our lives.”

    ~Rhonda (Gaudreau) Nolan, Class of 1977, Incorporator

  • "Kurn Hattin gave me guidance and structure when I needed it most. Kurn Hattin was the most perfect support my parents could have asked for. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. Kurn Hattin is that village”

    ~Gizenia Boyd, Class of 2005

  • "I didn’t know how to make friends. I had a lot of problems. I felt like I was stuck in quicksand. Then I came to Kurn Hattin. It was a slow process, but I was given a lot of structure and I needed and responded to that structure.“

    ~Christiana Mylott, Class of 2018

  • “I’m so proud to have been at Kurn Hattin. It turned my life around and put me on the right track. I’m not sure where I would have been otherwise. And I believe I was the only boy who made ‘Eagle Scout’ at that time.”

    ~ Peter Stavrou, Class of 1951

  • "I was so proud of my girl, getting up on stage and singing her heart out. Kurn Hattin is building her up with so much confidence. I will be forever grateful for what you are doing for my little girl."

    ~ Brenda Boisjolie Arce, Mother

  • “Kurn Hattin was the best choice my family ever made for me. When I was in the 8th grade I didn’t want to leave.”

    ~Kristen McDaniel, Class of 1991

Kurn Hattin — Status of the Children

April 4, 2020

We hope you all are doing as well as possible given the crazy world we're living in right now! We are all trying to figure this whole situation out one step at a time and doing our best to support one another along with all the KHH children and their families. 

Staff members from all the departments that work directly with the children are continuing to be in touch with them and their families as much as possible. This looks different for each child and family based on many factors including what theirlevel of internet accessibility and connectivity is.  We’ve devised a system of contacting them that is constantly evolving and is a true team effort. Our staff has been amazing and is incredibly focused on this ongoing effort to support all our kids.  We’re being as creative as we can be with ways to stay in contact, no matter how small; every time we can connect is a plus!  For example, residential staff members have organized a plan to send each child a small token from our “Caught Being Good Store” just as a way to say that we’re thinking of them.  

Our teachers have had daily contact (using Zoom, Skype, phone calls, emails, and texts) with students to help keep their academics moving forward.  Initial class packets were sent home with the children, and additional materials are being prepared and sent regularly along with stamped return envelopes to get completed materials sent back to us. We're also waiting for more guidance from the VT Agency of Education regarding grading for the 4th quarter of this school year and what that will mean. We want to see what the state is recommending and then determine what will be best for us at KHH.  

We continue to hope that we might be able to have the children return before the end of the academic year if it is safe to do so, even if it is just for a very short period of time. If it’s possible to do this safely, it would be fantastic for our children and staff to be back together and to end the school year as a community on campus. Since things around us keep changing so quickly, we will continue to assess whether or not this might be possible. We will take the many, many factors involved into consideration.    

As we look ahead to the summer, and keep hoping that we’ll be fully up and running by then, discussions have been ongoing about adding an extra academic component during the first two or three weeks of the summer program.  This will be a wonderful way to boost our children’s skill levels and to help get them back on track before the next school year begins.

Our 8th graders along with all the rest of us are very worried about graduation - the ceremony itself and the traditions leading up to it, of course. They're also concerned about the transition from KHH, recognizing that they won't be able to be back on campus for a while at the very least. Outreach staff have been organizing meetings via online platforms with the 8th grade class as a whole group and offering support for them. This is always a very challenging time in the life of any 8th grader as they contemplate moving on from KHH, and what this group is facing has been magnified many times over due to the unprecedented circumstances beyond anyone’s control this year. If possible, we will hold a graduation ceremony as planned in early June.  If that is not able to happen, there will be an official ceremony for the class of 2020 at a later date.    

Regarding the students applying to Milton Hershey and to other private schools like Vermont Academy, those applications are still in the works.  We're doing it all remotely as are the other schools. Just as our KHH admissions work is continuing as much as possible so we can be prepared for the world after this shutdown is over, work at MHS and the other schools is also continuing.  As mentioned above, our Outreach staff is in touch with the 8th graders and their families to work on all parts of this transition and to offer support as needed both emotionally and also in terms of the actual application pieces.  Several of the 8th graders have Hershey applications that are moving forward, and they're considering interviews via Skype or Zoom.  Fortunately, many of our kids have had experience with those platforms since some of our teachers are delivering lessons using them, so they're pretty comfortable with that possibility. 

We just have to wait and see about the timing of all of this and when things will ever get back to some semblance of "normal", whatever that is going to mean from here on out. We'll keep you posted as we know more, and we remain verythankful for each and every one of you and all of your incredible support. We are all in this together!

 

Sue Kessler,
Assistant Executive Director

Stephen B. Harrison,
Executive Director 

 

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