• "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 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 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 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

  • "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

  • "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 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

  • “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’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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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 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 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

Alumni and Guests Help Kurn Hattin Celebrate its 125th Anniversary

May 24, 2019

Over 200 guests and alumni, from the classes of 1942 to 2013, arrived at Kurn Hattin Homes on May 18th to celebrate its 125th anniversary.  

The day-long event began with a welcome to all guests by Executive Director Steve Harrison. Harrison spoke of Perseverance, Nurturance, Hope, Compassion, and a Sense of Worth—The core values that continue to guide the mission of Kurn Hattin. Harrison next introduced special guest Leslie Ann Dickinson, the great, great granddaughter of Reverend Charles Albert Dickinson, the founder of Kurn Hattin Homes. Leslie reflected on the work of Reverend Dickinson and read a letter written to friends requesting their financial help in supporting Kurn Hattin Homes and an April Fools poem Charles wrote at age 21.  

There were moving performances by The Kurn Hattin Monarch Dance Ensemble, choirs, and Jazz Ensemble, including a rendition of Hog’s Breath Café, featuring trombone legend Dick Nash, Kurn Hattin Class of 1942, who flew in from California to attend Kurn Hattin’s anniversary celebration.  

Also in attendance was Priscilla Mayo Watson, daughter of W.I. “Pete” Mayo, Kurn Hattin’s Director for 35 years from 1927 to 1962.  

The alumni had their annual meeting and social hour, voted on changes to the by-laws, bid on silent auction items, and tested their knowledge of Kurn Hattin history.

A seating on our restored Farmall Model H tractor, historical exhibit, interviews, cottage tours, and an ice cream social completed the day’s festivities.

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Kurn Hattin founder's great, great granddaughter, Leslie Ann Dickinson, addressing audience at Kurn Hattin Homes’ 125th Anniversary celebration.

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Students (L to R) Daxton and Tia on restored 1942 Farmall Model H tractor.

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Kurn Hattin Homes’ Monarch Dance Ensemble performing I Have a Voice.

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Priscilla Mayo Watson in discussion with alumnus Dick Nash '42.

Photos by Kristie Lisai