• “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 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’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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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 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

  • “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

  • "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

  • "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’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

  • "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 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

  • "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

  • "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

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.”

Several students received one or more awards which included: The Good Citizenship Award, for the student who is most helpful and cooperative with other students- Nicholas Passos; The Vosburg Award, for the student who has shown progress- Deja Nasta; The Peter Harrison Grohs Memorial Award, for male student showing the best adjustment to Kurn Hattin- Tristan Caroll; The Vivian Prindl Memorial Award, for the female showing the best adjustment to Kurn Hattin- Amaya Jordan; The Suitcases Award, for an 8thgrader who shows outstanding progress- Chan Dowang and Catrina Greene; The Maiola Athletic Awards, for all-around athletic excellence-Jacob Baltazar and Izabella Murphy; The Woodhull Music Awards:  Choir Award- Tia Willis-Cooper, Jazz Band Award-  Chan Dowang, Most Overall All Talented Award- Nicholas Passos and Izabella Murphy; and the Instrument Award- Nicholas Passos. The Massachusetts Board of Directors’ Excellence in Writing Awards- Alex Lowe and Lillianna Butler;  The Alumni Association Awards, for the students who embody the spirit of Kurn Hattin through their kindness to others and participation in campus life- Nicholas Passos and Lillianna Butler; The Eleanor Ward Achievement Award, for the 8thgrader showing the greatest improvement- Chan Dowang; The John P. Barry & Christopher W. Barry Award- Elizabeth Anderson; The W.I. Mayo Memorial Award-Tia Willis-Cooper; The Robert P. Hubbard Memorial Scholarship Award, for a student who has an aptitude for art, literature, or writing- Nicholas Passos; The Vincenzo James Ruggiero Memorial Scholarship Award- Jacob Baltazar and Catrina Greene. Three Kurn Hattin alumnae were awarded the Thomas G. Fahner Scholarship Award: Lyssa Jackson, Class of 2008, Sairy Bernardez, Class of 2014, and Rebekah Rounds, Class of 2015.

Trustee Emerita, Elizabeth Maiola, was given the Trustee Emerita's Special Recognition Award.  

Valedictorian Lillianna Butler gave the Farewell Speech, in which she stated that she has been part of the Kurn Hattin community since she was seven years old. “My time here is a tremendous part of who I am, and who I hope to become,” she said. Diplomas were then presented by Principal Sergio Simunovic, and Board President Mark Bodin, and Acting Alumni President, Heather Kampfer inducted the graduates into the Alumni Association. After graduating, many of the students stay on campus for the summer program and then will rejoin their families and attend their local high schools in the fall. Others will move on to attend other private residential schools with a similar mission.

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Congratulations to the Kurn Hattin Class of 2019! Back from (L to R): Mya Lynn Fifield, Tia Mae Willis-Cooper, Mikayla Evelyn Bruce, Kelsea Rebekah Smith, Chan Deng Dowang, Jakobie Alexander Graves-Amidon, Kevin Wayne DeKalb Jr., Jacob Stone Baltazar, Cassidy Alexis Star Martin, Morgen Lynn Goss, and Aurianna Amaris Smith. Front from (L to R): Alixzander Speckert-Ring, Gabriella Janae Taylor, Izabella Arbritia Murphy, Janiyah Diamond Jackson, Alex Wayne Lowe III, Lillianna Grace Butler, Catrina Marie Greene, Nadia Lynette Taylor, Nicholas Anthony Passos, and Alexia Anne Murray. 

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Photos by Kristie Lisai