• "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

  • "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

  • “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 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 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 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 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

  • "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

  • "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 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 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

  • "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

  • "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

  • “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

Youth Choruses Gather for Kurn Hattin Choral Invitational and Food Shelf Benefit, March 18, 7PM

WESTMINSTER, VT | Kurn Hattin Homes for Children invites the public to attend its 23rd Annual Choral Invitational on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00pm. This event is open to the public and serves as a food/fundraiser for Our Place food shelf in Bellows Falls, as well as a celebration of "Music in our Schools Month."

Kurn Hattin Choir Gets Encore on WGBY-TV's Choral Competition Series, Together in Song; Season Premiere Airs Saturday, March 7 at 7:30pm

WESTMINSTER, VT—For the third year in a row, the Kurn Hattin Homes Select Choir has earned a spot on the public television series “Together in Song,” produced and aired by PBS member station WGBY. Kurn Hattin's performance will air during the season premiere Saturday, March 7 at 7:30pm. The children are defending the top spot in the "Children's Gospel" category, which they have held for the past two years.

Fontaine Steps in as Acting Kurn Hattin Principal

Veteran Kurn Hattin teacher Tom Fontaine has taken over as Acting Principal  of the school at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. Fontaine stepped in to fill the position following the passing of former Principal and long-time Kurn Hattin educator, Tom Fahner, who lost an extended battle with cancer in January.

Fontaine, who has headed the science department and farm science program at Kurn Hattin since 1999, says he is pleased at the opportunity to help. "We're a fairly small organization, and we need to wear many hats. The important thing is maintaining as much continuity and stability for the children as possible."

Beloved Kurn Hattin Educator Thomas Fahner Passes Away at Age 58

Thomas Fahner, beloved Kurn Hattin Homes Principal, and educator at the Vermont school for over 27 years, died on January 6, 2015, after a courageous ​battle with cancer. 

Kurn Hattin Homes Executive Director Connie Sanderson recapped Tom’s extraordinary career at Kurn Hattin Homes. “With a 27 year tenure at Kurn Hattin, Tom was one of the longest-standing members of the staff, and made innumerable positive contributions to the school and our young students during his time here. He first came to Kurn Hattin, in 1989 as the​ School Principal​.

Kurn Hattin Honors Rite Aid Foundation for Support of Children in Need

WESTMINSTER, VT—Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has awarded the 2014 Charles Albert Dickinson Award to the Rite Aid Foundation for outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of children in need. The awards ceremony took place at Kurn Hattin's annual Holiday Visitor's Day December 12.

Teaching Children Healthy Choices for Red Ribbon Week

WESTMINSTER, VT— The week of October 27th – 31st was bustling at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. The week's events featured Kurn Hattin's annual celebration of national Red Ribbon Week. Faculty and students learned about healthy life choices with a strong focus on anti-bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, and safety. Students attended workshops, participated in exercises, and wrote poems and essays reflecting those themes.

Substance Use Recovery in Families Focus of Annual Conference

WESTMINSTER, VT- Kurn Hattin Homes for Children held its 23rd Annual Conference on Friday October 24th. Each year the organization has held an educational conference to offer new opportunities for training and skills development to staff, educators, human service organizations, and community partners from all over the eastern region. This year's topic was What About the Kids? Substance Use Treatment and Recovery in Families. The featured speakers were Dianna Christmas, MPH, and Beth Marron, M.Ed., MSW, LICSW, of the Institute of Healing and Recovery in Cambridge, MA.

Student Inspired By Local Children to Do Good in the World

WESTMINSTER, VT- In March of 2014, 14 year old Madison (Maddy) Schumacher participated in an annual project that changed her life. The Project Week, called “Kids Helping Kids” was coordinated with her classmates from New Hampton School in New Hampshire, a boarding and day school for grades 9 – 12. The purpose is to provide their high school students time for an extended investigation of key issues through educational opportunities not possible in the standard classroom setting. The school has a partnership with Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster to be used as a learning site. Kurn Hattin is a residential school and home for at-risk children. The New Hampton kids cheerfully participated in a number of maintenance and community service projects, assisting the teachers by tutoring young readers and mentoring the younger children at the campus. Working with children in need had a profound impact on Maddy. “She came home filled with purpose,” remembers her father. “She said she wished she was rich so that she could give a lot of money to the school.”

Grammy Finalist to Present at Vermont Music Educators 2014 Conference

WESTMINSTER, VT—Lisa Patno Bianconi, Director of Music at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children will be one of twenty-two clinicians presenting at the Vermont Music Educators 2014 Conference at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Killington, Vermont on October 12 & 13. Ms. Bianconi will be addressing the audience on Empowering At-Risk Students to Succeed Through Music on Monday, October 13 at 10:15 a.m.