• "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

  • "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’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

  • “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 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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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 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

  • "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 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

  • "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

All things Halloween at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

On October 26, Harry Potter Night was a magical event that delighted everyone and was the perfect compliment to Kurn Hattin Homes’ Halloween Dance. The dining hall was transformed into the Great Hall at Hogwarts. Students sat by Houses and enjoyed a roast beef dinner while being entertained by stilt walkers and a magician. Adults and children made wands, tried their hand at Quidditch (sport played on broomsticks), and learned about snakes and our school’s python in the Chamber of Secrets.

Thirteen Kurn Hattin Students Headed to District Music Festival

District VI Music Festival selection committee for Middle School Chorus has selected 13 students to represent Kurn Hattin Homes for Children at the upcoming District Festival on November 16 and 17 at Brattleboro Union High School in Brattleboro, Vt. The students are: Elizabeth Anderson, Jacob Baltazar, Lili Butler, Tristan Caroll, Cameron C., Chan Dowang, Catrina Greene, Bella Murphy, Nick Passos, Ben Robichaud, Gabby Taylor, Nadia Taylor, and Tia Willis-Cooper. The Kurn Hattin students were chosen from 15 participating schools.

Adopt-A-Cottage Sponsors Get Involved at Kurn Hattin

"If you could wake up tomorrow with one new talent or ability, what would it be and why?" was one of several questions both adults and children queried on Adopt-a-Cottage Sponsor Night, September 6, 2018 at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. 

Individuals, club and business members, joined their 'adopted' children's residences (cottages) for a fun icebreaker activity, a delicious dinner, and a cottage tour after having previously donated funds to supply their cottages with needed items, such as new curtains, bedding, and mattresses. The Adopt-a-Cottage program provides the sponsors a special opportunity to not only support Kurn Hattin, but also have fun and spend time getting to know the children. 

Fit Body Boot Camp Treats Kurn Hattin Homes

Lisa Dumont owner of Fit Body Boot Camp presented a check for $600 which she raised at her gym in Westminster, Vermont for the Kurn Hattin children to enjoy ice cream sundaes at Dari Joy in Bellows Falls. Thinking ahead, Co-Assistant Residential Director Carol Bazin contacted Dari Joy and placed the children’s specific orders ahead of time. When the children arrived in bus loads, the distribution of sundaes went quickly and smoothly. Pictured accepting the donation are Kurn Hattin Executive Director Stephen Harrison, Residential Co-Director Carol Bazin, and Fit Body Boot Camp owner, Lisa Dumont, and some of the children waiting for their sundaes.

Messages of Hope and Compassion

The children at Kurn Hattin Homes have inspiration in an unlikely place. Thanks to the hard work and generosity of Leadership Southeastern Vermont (LSEVT), the restroom doors in the Kurn Hattin school now have wonderful reminders of kindness and self-worth.

Red Sox Invite Kurn Hattin to Sing

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is thrilled to announce that the children’s Select Choir has been invited to sing the National Anthem at Fenway Park on July 9th. This will be the second time that the children have been given this wonderful opportunity by the Boston Red Sox. It will surely be a memorable experience for the children, players, and fans. 

Donations Make a Difference for Children at Kurn Hattin

Every donation makes a difference in the lives of children and their families at Kurn Hattin Homes. We are very grateful for the many people who support the children through generous donations. Private and corporate gifts, along with foundation grants, make it possible to care for, house, educate, and provide a variety of opportunities to thousands of children.

Volunteers Recognized For Generosity and Dedication

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children held its Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on May 9th to honor and thank the over 100 volunteers who dedicate their time and talents to help care for the children. School Principal Sergio Simunovic spoke to the volunteers in attendance, remarking that “the service of our mission would not be possible without your talent, skills, love, and compassion.” The volunteers help with governance, school and recreational activities, sports, music, and special events. Principal Simunovic went on express profound appreciation for the volunteers, saying “You bring light into all of the lives that you touch. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Kurn Hattin Children Sing at 104th NSNEW Congress

The Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Select Choir, under the musical direction of Lisa Bianconi, was invited to perform for the National Society of New England Women at their 104th National Congress in Windsor, Connecticut on May 11. The Choir performed many music selections and invited the women to join them in singing "Let There Be Peace on Earth".