• "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

  • “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 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

  • "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 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 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 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’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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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 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 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

  • "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 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

  • "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

Kurn Hattin Music Director Honored At Vermont State House

Westminster, VT - The award-winning, 45-member Kurn Hattin Select Choir, grades 5-8, directed by Grammy Finalist Music Educator, Lisa Bianconi, visited the Vermont State House in Montpelier on Wednesday, April 30, to perform for a session of the House of Representatives. 

GRAMMY Foundation Vice President honors Kurn Hattin music director; Bianconi receives Governor's Proclamation

WESTMINSTER, VT, April 24— Kurn Hattin Homes for Children's Music Director, Lisa Bianconi, was honored today at a special ceremony held on Kurn Hattin's campus and attended by the Grammy Foundation's Senior Vice President, Kristen Madsen, and scores of Bianconi's colleagues, students, family members, friends, and supporters.

Kurn Hattin Select Choir to perform in live finale of Public Television's choral competition, "Together in Song," Sunday, April 27

WESTMINSTER, VT.—The Kurn Hattin Homes Select Choir has been chosen as one of seven regional choruses to appear in the live televised finale of the WGBY Public Television choral competition series, “Together in Song” on Sunday, April 27. The show highlights non-professional children’s and adults' choirs from around Western New England in various musical genres.

Samirah Evans, Keene Jazz Orchestra join area youth for Kurn Hattin Jazz Invitational, April 9

WHAT: Kurn Hattin Homes for Children will hold its 7th Annual JazzInvitationalwith special guests: the Keene Jazz Orchestra, directed by Scott Mullett, New Orleans-born singer, Samirah Evans, and Master of Ceremonies, Eugene Uman of the VermontJazz Center.

Kurn Hattin Hosts Author at Annual Ziggy Ostrowski Mystery Writing Contest

WESTMINSTER, VT- On April 3, 2014, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children held its 14th Annual Ziggy Ostrowski Mystery Writing Contest Banquet. The contest for middle school students was developed by Kurn Hattin writing coach Ziggy Ostrowski and English teacher Kristi Lisai. The purpose is to encourage the students to challenge themselves and achieve goals that may have seemed beyond their reach. When Ostrowski passed away in 2005, Ms. Lisai continued the annual contest to inspire young writers, and named it in his honor.

Former Governor Kunin Visits Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

"I look forward to speaking to the Kurn Hattin students.They are the ones who will make democracy work." 

- Former VT Governor Madeleine Kunin

Kurn Hattin Annual Choral Invitational Benefits Food Shelf

Westminster, VT - March is Music in Our Schools Month. For more than 20 years Kurn Hattin Homes has hosted an Annual Choral Invitational. Choruses from some of our local schools sang to a standing room only audience.  The schools participating this year were Bellows Falls Middle School, Director, Luna Dunbar; Leland and Gray Middle School and the Leland & Gray Rebel Clefs, Director, Ron Kelley; St. Joseph School, Director, Vicki Moore; Walpole Middle School, Director, Lillie Le Blanc; and Kurn Hattin Middle School and Beginning Choir, Director, Lisa Bianconi.

Cancelled due to poor field conditions: Spring Fling

Sorry- we hope to see you next year!!!

SPRING FLING:

Kurn Hattin Homes
Westminster, Vermont
Saturday, May 3
9 am-3 pm
Unfortunately cancelled.

The Spring Fling is designed to provide the youth of Vermont and New Hampshire with a fun-filled day celebrating the arrival of spring, while promoting healthy drug-free activities. FREE ADMISSION. A free-will offering will be gratefully accepted to benefit the Kurn Hattin NFCCE Youth Activity Program.

Kurn Hattin Homes Choir to Appear on Public Television’s “Together In Song” March 22, 8 PM

WESTMINSTER, VT.—For the second year in a row, the Kurn Hattin Select Choir has been chosen to perform on the televised singing competition, Together In Song, produced by Public Television member station WGBY Springfield. The children's performance will be broadcast on WGBY this Saturday, March 22 at 8 PM.