• "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

  • “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 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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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 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

  • "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 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 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 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!!!


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.

Kurn Hattin Hosts NH Students For Project Week

WESTMINSTER, VT- The New Hampton School, a boarding and day school for grades 9-12 in New Hampton, NH, partnered with Kurn Hattin Homes for Children as their annual Project Week. Project Week provides the high school students extended investigation of educational opportunities not possible in the standard classroom setting and cultivates lifelong learners who will serve as active global citizens. The New Hampton students played volleyball and dodgeball with the Kurn Hattin eighth grade class of 2014, before facilitating a panel discussion on making the transition from middle school to high school. 

Area Choruses Warm up for 22nd Annual Kurn Hattin Choral Invitational, March 19, 7 PM

WESTMINSTER, VT - Welcome spring with a song! Kurn Hattin Homes for Children welcomes the public to attend its 22nd AnnualChoral Invitational on Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 pm. This event is in celebration of "Music in our Schools Month" and will feature performances by the following area choral groups: Bellows Falls Middle School, Bellows Falls, VT; Leland & Gray Acapella Group, Leland & Gray Middle School, Townshend, VT; Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, Westminster, VT; St. Joseph's School, Keene, NH; and Walpole Middle School, Walpole, NH.

Student Performance Propels Teacher’s Literacy Initiative to New Level

WESTMINSTERVT – The K-2nd grade teacher at Kurn Hattin Homes for children has earned national recognition for outstanding performance in advancing reading practice and proficiency. Mary Kay Pfadenhauer was awarded Accelerated Reader Model Classroom status by Renaissance learning, a Wisconsin-based education company. The program is a tool to foster the love of reading in children. Accelerated Reader Model Classroom Certification demonstrates that a majority of Mrs. Pfadenhauer’s students have met or exceeded goals for reading practice and comprehension. The program helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Students can pick fiction and non-fiction books at their own skill level and read at their own pace.  When finished, students take a short quiz on the computer, which has a database of quizzes based on 150,000 different books. Passing the quiz is an indication that the child understood what was read.  The children and teachers then receive feedback based on the results. Mrs. Pfadenhauer uses these results to help students set personal goals and direct their ongoing reading practices. The process increases their likelihood of success, and enhances their self-esteem. The positive learning experience encourages the child to continue reading and learning, giving them a wider breadth of knowledge over time.

Two as One Horsemanship Clinic offered at Kurn Hattin Homes

Westminster, VT – Bob Jeffreys, International Clinician and Suzanne Sheppard, Centered Riding Level 3 Clinician, will be returning to Kurn Hattin Homes for Children on June 14, 2014 to present their Two as One Horsemanship™ Clinic. This unique horsemanship training strikes a perfect balance between English and Western riding disciplines that inspires equine enthusiasts worldwide. The clinic is open to riders and auditors.

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children celebrates 120 years, looks forward to continued sustainability

WESTMINSTER, VT—This year marks the 120th anniversary of the founding of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. The non-profit is located in Westminster, Vermont and serves as a charitable year-round home and school for boys and girls ages 5-15, who are in need or at risk. It is the oldest childcare organization in the northeast to be continuously supported solely by philanthropic donations.

Students Kick Off Sugaring Season at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

Who: Students in grades K-8 at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

Where: Kurn Hattin's 123-acre farm in Westminster, VT

What: Every February for the past 120 years, the children at Kurn Hattin Homes have taken part in the Vermont tradition of maple sugaring on the Kurn Hattin farm. For many students who have come from urban areas, helping on the farm is their first exposure to agriculture and the farm-to-table experience. Guided by Farm Manager Pat Barry and their science teachers, students assist with every aspect of the sugaring process, from tapping trees and gathering sap, to running the evaporator, to bottling the syrup. As reward for their hard work, the kids enjoy the finished product at breakfast time in the Kurn Hattin cafeteria.