Essential Volunteers Recognized for Generosity and Dedication
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children held its Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on May 10th to honor and thank the many people who devote their personal time and energy to volunteering on and off campus throughout the year. The residential school and home, which serves boys and girls, aged 5-15, has over 110 volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and care for the children. Both Executive Director Steve Harrison and School Principal Sergio Simunovic spoke, and thanked the volunteers for their selflessness. The volunteers help with governance, school and recreational activities, sports, music, and special events. “Every day that I volunteer at Kurn Hattin I get to see a child's eyes light up,” said volunteer Nancy Hamblet, “I can’t imagine a more rewarding place to spend my time.” And, without these hard-working volunteers, Kurn Hattin could not do what it does for these children.
It’s Spring Fling–Bring the Whole Family!
Vermont’s beautiful springtime weather is finally here, which means it’s time to head up, down, across the highway or river to Kurn Hattin for a full day of outdoor activities and fun for the whole family! Kurn Hattin Homes for Children will be holding its annual Spring Fling event on Saturday, May 6th from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Admission is free (Good will offering gratefully appreciated) and all are invited!
Kurn Hattin 6th & 8th Graders Win Writing Contest
Westminster - Kurn Hattin children created the perfect ending last Tuesday night at the 17th Annual Ziggy Ostrowski Mystery Writing Contest. Held at the Kurn Hattin School, participating students in Mrs. Kristie Lisai's English classes each wrote the final chapter to an unfinished novel. The contest is named in memory of former Kurn Hattin teacher, Ziggy Ostrowski, who began the contest in 2001 because of his love of reading.Bellows Falls author Megan Applegate attended the awards banquet, and spoke to the children about her own love of writing. She is the author of seven Young Adult novels, including the "Shamans of the Divide" series, and "Marienne: The Blade Maiden". Ms. Applegate encouraged the students to use media such as podcasts, blogs, YouTube videos, and self-published e-books to get their writing out into the world. She told the middle schoolers, "Never stop learning and never stop creating."
NHCF Invests in Kurn Hattin Youth
New England Kurn Hattin Homes recently received an $8,000 grant award from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Ira S. and Gertrude S. Hubbard Memorial Fund.
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Over 120 years ago the Reverend Charles A. Dickinson of Westminster, Vermont, asked himself the age old question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” In his affirmative answer the vision of Kurn Hattin Homes was born. He endeavored to provide the safety, security and stability necessary for children in need to reach their full potential by creating a supportive, structured, family style educational and residential community. The unfolding story of Kurn Hattin is an inspiring example of the powerful transformation that kindness, discipline, knowledge, caring, recognition, and trust can give a child in need.