• "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

  • "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 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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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 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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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 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

  • "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 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

  • “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

Cooking is Fun!

February 13, 2020

Kurn Hattin’s kindergarten and 1st grade class recently spent some time in the kitchen making blueberry muffins with Richard Johnson, Kurn Hattin’s Food Services Manager.

Kurn Hattin Music Director Awarded Vermont Music Educator of the Year Award—District VI

February 7, 2020

Lisa Bianconi, Director of Music at New England Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster, Vermont has been awarded the 2020 Vermont Educator of the Year Award for District VI from Vermont Music Educators Association.  

Kurn Hattin Students Shoot Straight in Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship

January 29, 2019

On Sunday, January 26, ten Kurn Hattin students competed in the regional Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship in Bellows Falls, Vermont. This contest for children, ages 9 to 14, provides an athletic outlet and encourages the values of sportsmanship and healthy competition. Competitors in different age groups attempt 15 basketball shots. Those who make the most consecutive successful shots win and move on to the state competition. Our very own fifth grader, Tegan, will be doing just that!

The Rite Aid Foundation Designates New England Kurn Hattin Homes A KidCents Charity

January 27, 2020

The Rite Aid Foundation has selected Kurn Hattin Homes to participate in its 2020 KidCents program, which annually supports a select group of nonprofit, kid-focused organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid serves.

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Share Holiday Wishes

December 19, 2019

The children and staff at Kurn Hattin Homes wish each of you—our friends, supporters, volunteers, and families safe and happy holidays and new year.

Successful Women Have Grit

December 12, 2019

Sara Stine is Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s therapeutic riding instructor, which affords her the perfect blend of her teaching experience and extensive background with horses. Sara’s teaching method begins with the children lying on yoga mats in what used to be the milk house of the old Kurn Hattin barn.

Captain Richard Phillips Shares Story of Courage with Kurn Hattin Children

December 5, 2019

Captain Richard Phillips, a Merchant Marine and the subject of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who attacked and boarded his ship, in April 2009, visited Kurn Hattin and its students on Tuesday, December 3rd, to talk about his life and career. Captain Phillips shared with the students his path to joining Merchant Marines and his experience as Captain for 25 years. “What I’ve learned is that we’re all stronger than we even know and that the strength is already within us,” he said. “Nothing is completely lost until we choose to give up. Failure is only final when we quit,” he continued. The afternoon presentation ended with a question and answer session. There were many questions from the students, ranging from what dangers he faced on the sea to which continents he’s visited– which was every continent.

Kurn Hattin Lauded as a Vermont PBiS School of Merit

November 25, 2019

Every year the VTPBIS State Team acknowledges PBIS schools for their achievements. PBiS (Positive Behavioral interventions and Support) is a nationally recognized method of addressing behavior, conduct, and problem solving, where students, faculty, and staff work together to promote a positive, predictable, and a safe environment for everyone in all school settings.

Moving Veterans’ Day Observance Held at Kurn Hattin Homes

November 13, 2019

On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, veterans and friends joined the Kurn Hattin Homes' children, staff, and volunteers for the 24th Annual Veterans' Day Observance. The annual event featured a program of commentary, music, and a delicious meal to honor and remember all veterans and their gift of service.