• "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 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 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 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

  • "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 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

  • “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 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’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’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 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

  • “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 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

  • "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 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

Program/Fund Goal Amount

Student Reward Fund: Lunch Out With Principal: $75 per month

  • Eight or nine students are chosen each month as exemplary academic and social leaders in their ability groupings. (9 times per year)

Residential Student of the Month Dinner Out Fund: $80 per month

  • 12 months X 9 students/month

Day Students Fund

  • Clothing for special events winter gear and school: $1,000
  • Christmas Gift/Christmas Party: $750
  • Day Student work pay (farm, maintenance, summer): $300
  • Educational needs (day packs, notebooks, pens, pencils): $300

Sports Teams:

  • Sports uniforms: $2,000
  • End of Season Dinner Out Fund, 3 seasons - 5 teams/season: $1,500

Summer Recreational Activities and Field Trips Fund: $850 each

  • Summer Camp Scholarships: $3,500 per year

Camping Supplies

  • Sleeping bags: $240 (6 @ $40)
  • Portable air pump for water tubes: $35
  • 3 battery powered lanterns: $60 (3 @ $20)
  • 8 head lamps: $80 (8 @ $10)

Activities/Recreation Fund

  • Local/Boston/Theater/Opera/Dance Tickets for student groups: $2,000-$8,000
  • Pool Table in Recreation Room re-felted and new sticks/equipment: $1,200

Volunteer's Children's Activities Fund

  • Supplies for monthly weekend activity/craft events students (craft supplies for seasonal crafts, baking projects, games): $1,000

Counseling Fund: in kind

  • Card stock
  • Construction paper
  • Sculpy or Fimo clay
  • Regular Clay
  • Canvases (all sizes)
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Large Easel Paper (like big sticky notes)
  • A large trunk to store dolls and doll clothing

Renovations Fund

  • Tennis Courts Resurface: $25,000, Rebuild $55,000
  • Mathey Building Front Porch Renovation: $10,000-$15,000
  • Kitchen Hood for Watson Dining Hall: $60,000
  • Flashing Crosswalk Lights for Kurn Hattin Road (2 sets): $15,000

Music Program Fund (Field Trips): $1,500 each

  • Musical Instruments $2,000 per year

Post Graduate Scholarship for Private School Fund: $5,000 per child. This fund helps pay for their tuition.

Therapeutic Horse Program Fund: $5,000

  • On-going need for funds for general care and to replace the aging herd.

Healthy Children Program (uninsured medical expenses): $20,000

  • Health Wellness Awards: $100 quarterly
  • Wellness Center Florescent light decorative covers (4): $75 each
  • Baby Think It Over Program infant strollers with car seats (2): in-kind
  • Used baby (newborn) clothing for Baby T.I.O. Program: in-kind
  • Speech and Language Therapy Fund: ($525 per student for 1.5 hours of Speech and Language services every week) $5,250
  • 32 inch TV w/DVD and stand for children to watch when ill: $350

The School Store Fund: $100 - $1,000

To stock inventory Items for purchase by students using Caught Being Good (CBG) coupons given for good behavior:

  • Lego building setSoccer balls #3 and #5
  • NFL sportswear/or NFL related items (sizes S, M,L,XL)
  • Footballs
  • Basketballs
  • Batman items
  • Action Figures
  • Fischer Price “Little People” items
  • Men’s deodorant, shampoo, etc.
  • Ladies shampoo and body wash
  • Silly Putty
  • Marbles
  • Outdoor game items – Lawn games
  • Indoor basketball hoop sets – fits over top of door
  • Girls/boys sweatpants/tops (sizes S, M, L, XL)
  • Baseballs, bats and gloves
  • Magnetic dart games
  • Horseshoe game – Outdoors
  • Croquet set
  • Bocce set
  • Archery set with foam tips
  • Ring toss set – indoor/outdoor
  • Bowling ball gallery/balls – For table or floor
  • Planko game
  • Polka game set
  • Bean bag toss games
  • Baseball cards – without gum in packs
  • Girls/boys watches
  • Finger stress spinners
  • Hot Wheel cars and tractor trailers
  • Hot Wheel racing tracks and starting gates
  • Earbuds
  • Stuffed toy items – anything large or small
  • Dolls of any sort
  • Barbie dolls with changing color hair
  • Barbie dolls – different working professions. Example: doctor, teacher-new
  • Girls’ chokers – jewelry
  • Riddle books – younger and older students
  • Apollo reading book set – 2 books in set
  • Art supplies – colored pencil sets
  • Adult coloring books
  • Lap blankets – small pillows
  • Barbie doll furniture
  • Toe socks
  • Tic Tacs
  • Microwave popcorn
  • PG – latest CD movies for teenagers

Family Outreach Fund

  • Assistance with travel for families to get back & forth to Kurn Hattin: $2,400 per year
  • Grocery gift cards for families in need: $1,000
  • Family Day Entertainment: $500
  • Resources to establish post graduate mentoring program: $1,000
  • Resources for community speakers regarding 8th grade transition: $1000
  • Ladybug Document Reader: $350

Residential Fund

  • Clothing Fund for homeless and other in-need children: $5,000 per year
  • Birthday Gift Fund: Gifts, wrapping paper, cards, party supplies: $10-$1,000

Farm Fund

  • Farm/Greenhouse implements and tools: $500
  • Cultivator implements, Kuhn 4' PTO roto-tiller, cultivating tractor, mulch layer, rock picker: $10,000
  • Sugar House Arch Replacement: $10,000

Electronic Devices Fund

  • Camcorder for documenting student activities: $600
  • SMART Board for classroom: $3,000-$4,000 ea.
  • Chromebooks: in-kind/$200 ea.
  • Additional iPad minis for student learning: $500 each
  • Computer Tablet for 9 Cottages/Houseparents’ use: ($300 ea.) $2,700

Professional Development (Hosted by Kurn Hattin)

  • Annual Fall Conference speaker fee: $5,000

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Thank you for your interest. Since 1894, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has helped thousands of children and their families by offering a safe home and quality education in a nurturing environment.

As a charitable organization, Kurn Hattin Homes depends on private support to fulfill its mission. We are a 501(c)(3) institution, and your gift is tax deductible. Contributions may be given by check, MasterCard, VISA, American Express, or marketable securities and are deeply appreciated and necessary to carry on our mission of transforming the lives of children and their families forever. To make an online donation in memory of or in honor of someone, please note the information in the comments box on the donation page.

The Bridge Builder

by Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man, going a lone highway
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim—
That sullen stream had no fears for him,
But he turned,
When he reached the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength in building here.

Your journey will end
With the ending day;
You never again must pass this way

You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build you a bridge at eventide?”

The builder lifted his old grey head,
“Good friend, in the path
I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.”