Kurn Hattin News
Community Members Enjoy Adopt-a-Cottage Time at Kurn Hattin
Each year, Kurn Hattin hosts an Adopt-A-Cottage night for the business, organization, and individual sponsors of the cottages where the children live on campus. The sponsorship provides for basic necessities of cottage life, such as new pillows, sheets, kitchen supplies, and other household items. This year, each cottage received really cool gift–air conditioners! To show appreciation to those who have “adopted” a cottage, a meal is held in the sponsors honor so that they can spend time with the children whom their gifts have directly benefitted.
Kurn Hattin Children to Participate in Annual Wings of Hope Butterfly Release
August 28, 2019
On Saturday, September 7th the Kurn Hattin Choir will perform at the Wings of Hope 10thAnnual Butterfly Release to benefit Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire. The event begins at 1:00pm in Coburn Park in Lebanon, NH. Following a short program of readings and songs performed by the Kurn Hattin Homes’ Choir everyone releases their butterflies to honor friends and family who have passed. It is a beautiful and powerful experience.
Training Week Marks End of Summer/ Beginning of School at Kurn Hattin
August 23, 2019
As summer comes to a close, Kurn Hattin staff prepare for the new school year. As with previous years teachers, houseparents, and other staff come together to participate in Training Week. Training Week is the only time when Kurn Hattin has no children on campus. The week long schedule begins at 8 a.m. and typically continues until 4:00 p.m. The days are filled with presentations, discussions on safety measures and precautions, emergency drills, and training for counselors. Outside professional join the staff in discussions regarding the care and emotional healing of the children, using Restorative Practices methods.
Kurn Hattin Boys Track & Field Wins Small School State Championship at Vermont Rec & Parks State Meet
August 3, 2019
We am happy to share that our boys team won the Small School State Championship at Vermont Rec & Parks State Meet today at St. Johnsbury Academy. Please congratulate Jacob B, Jakobie, Ethan, Ryan, Logan, Cameron, and Matthew.
Children Learn and Play at Kurn Hattin’s Summer Recreational Program
July 23, 2019
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s Summer Recreational Program kicked off this June with a host of activities and camps. There are a great variety of camps and activities such dance, track and field, yoga, cooking, field trips to nearby lakes, picking blueberries, swim lessons, and of-course camping. However, new to this year’s summer roster was the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. A STEM curriculum was recently introducedat the Kurn Hattin school, and thanks to Colleen Ross (Ms. Coco), Kurn Hattin’s new Summer Rec team member and houseparent, about 50 children, ages 5-15, were able to conduct hands-on STEM experiments as part of the Summer Rec Program.
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has been named CHARITY OF THE WEEK in The Week- The best of U.S. and international media– magazine (July 26, 2019 edition).
Each charity which the magazine features has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating.
Kim Fine Joins NH/VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners Board
July 3, 2019
Kim Fine, Director of Development and Public Relations at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster, Vermont has recently joined the Board of Directors at The New Hampshire & Vermont Council of Charitable Gift Planners. The NH/VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners offers training, support, and networking opportunities for professionals throughout the two states.
Kurn Hattin Homes Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator
July 1, 2019
New England Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s commitment to accountability and transparency has earned it the highest possible 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets New England Kurn Hattin Homes apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness,” stated Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of rated charities have achieved this distinction!”
Kurn Hattin Celebrates 21 Graduates
June 12, 2019
On Saturday, June 8, 2019 twenty-one 8thgraders graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in a joyous and emotional ceremony. Graduation proceedings began with an opening welcome from Board President, Mark Bodin and an Invocation from houseparent Clint Plante. Salutatorian Alex Lowe III, then spoke to the audience and his fellow graduating classmates asking them to “accept your mistakes instead of rejecting them, but NEVER let them define who you are.”