• "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

  • "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

  • "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’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

  • "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 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 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

  • "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

  • "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 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

  • "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 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

  • "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

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.

This summer’s STEM projects included testing the water at a nearby stream, making water filters out of natural materials so that a jar of muddy water ‘magically’ turns into clean water and making stomp rockets out of paper and tape to learn about force, motion, and the power of air. In addition, every Friday from the middle of July to August, a STEM challenge is held.  In the most recent challenge, students used principles of physics, aerospace, force, and motion to design and construct kites with specific materials to test and demonstrate the science of flight.   

There are also opportunities to participate in community events during the summer. The children celebrated the 4th of July at the Saxton’s River Independence Day Parade by following a Kurn Hattin float drawn by the newly restored 1942 Farmall Model H tractor, originally used at Kurn Hattin Homes. The abandoned tractor was repurchased and lovingly restored in a ten-year project led by Real Bazin, Director of Farm & Fleet, and assisted by the KHH maintenance department and local resident Gary Cobb. 

Kurn Hattin’s Summer Recreation Program would not be possible without its many dedicated volunteers and supporters who provide fun and educational activity choices for the children, and the hard-working staff members who run the program, particularly our Summer Recreation Director Shannon Fuller. Their efforts are appreciated for teaching our children new skills, and supporting their summer fun and safety.


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Testing newly designed kites for the STEM challenge 


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Baking blueberry cake with freshly picked blueberries


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Catching fish during a recent camping trip


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Kurn Hattin staff and children at Saxton’s River July 4th parade with a restored Farmall Tractor