Kurn Hattin News
Kurn Hattin Celebrates 21 Graduates
June 12, 2019
On Saturday, June 8, 2019 twenty-one 8thgraders graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in a joyous and emotional ceremony. Graduation proceedings began with an opening welcome from Board President, Mark Bodin and an Invocation from houseparent Clint Plante. Salutatorian Alex Lowe III, then spoke to the audience and his fellow graduating classmates asking them to “accept your mistakes instead of rejecting them, but NEVER let them define who you are.”
Kurn Hattin Homes Leadership Restructuring for Growth & Development
June 11, 2019
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is planning for its future with leadership restructuring. To begin, Admissions Director Sue Kessler, M.Ed will take on the role of Assistant Executive Director beginning July 1. She will be overseeing direct student services which include the School, Residential Life, Counseling, Nursing, Food Services, Volunteers, and Admissions. Executive Director, Steve Harrison will continue to oversee organizational services–those that operate to support the overall organization, the operations of the campus, and the financial aspects of the Homes.
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.
Volunteers Recognized For Generosity and Dedication
May 21, 2019
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children held its Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on May 15th to honor and thank the over 100 volunteers, including our staff, Trustees, and Incorporators, who dedicate their time, talents and energy to help care for the children.Tom Oxholm, Director of Institutional Advancement, who coordinated the lunch this year, thanked the volunteers in attendance.“Volunteers play a critical role in every aspect of Kurn Hattin,” he remarked.“We wouldn’t be the community we are without them.”
Brattleboro Reformer: Kurn Hattin celebrates 125 years
May 13, 2019
Lyssa Jackson was 8 years old when she heard about Kurn Hattin Homes and started her personal campaign to come to the private Westminster school for kids from troubled families.
Jackson, who spent four years at Kurn Hattin, graduating in 2008, was a determined young girl seeking a solution to her troubled family life in Rochester, N.H.
Nine Kurn Hattin Homes’ Staff Honored with Years of Service Awards
April 24, 2019
It takes a village to transform the lives the children and this year nine staff members were recognized for their dedication, hard work, and many years of service. Steve Harrison, Executive Director of Kurn Hattin Homes honored these individuals with Service Awards during the April 24th, All Staff Meeting.
1942 Farmall Model H Restored
April 17, 2019
An abandoned 1942 Farmall Model H tractor, originally used at Kurn Hattin Homes and repurchased, has been lovingly restored. A ten-year project led by Real Bazin, Director of Farm & Fleet, and assisted by the KHH maintenance department and local resident Gary Cobb, sits proudly on the front lawn of Kurn Hattin’s Mathey Center. Real reflected, "It was great that we were able to find it and bring it home.” Look for the tractor in the 4th of July Saxtons River parade.
Key Bank Hosts Kurn Hattin Historical Exhibit
An exhibit commemorating the 125th anniversary of the founding of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is on display at Key Bank on Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.
The 11-panel exhibit, A Legacy of Caring: Adapting to the changing needs of children and families, featuring a curated selection of photos and documents from Kurn Hattin Homes’ archives, dating from the late 1800s through the present is being displayed throughout the region with its first stop at the Brattleboro Key Bank. The exhibit tells the story of Kurn Hattin’s founding and development within the context of major events in Vermont and U.S. history, as well as the significant trends in the fields of child care, education, and social services since the turn of the 19th century that have helped to shape the organization’s philosophy and approach.
It's Sugar Season at Kurn Hattin
The cold temps caused Kurn Hattin Homes to get a late start in maple sugaring this year. All students help in the sugaring process. Pictured are farm managers Real Bazin and Conor Fitzgerald with some of our youngest helpers. End result? An appreciation of where real food comes from, and pancakes with syrup they helped make!