Kurn Hattin News
Kurn Hattin Homes Board of Incorporators welcomes Bill Scarlett
WESTMINSTER, VT— Bill Scarlett of Saxtons River officially joined Kurn Hattin Homes' Board of Incorporators in January. Scarlett, who is currently the school counselor at Bellows Falls Central Elementary School, has long-standing ties with Kurn Hattin, having served as the Director of Counseling from 1999-2006. In addition, his New Jersey-based family have had an interest in Kurn Hattin's programming for several generations. Scarlett says he is pleased to be able to carry on the tradition of supporting the non-profit school for children in need. "Having grown up hearing about Kurn Hattin from my parents and grandparents when I was young, it was an honor to eventually work there, and it's an honor to be a part of the Board now," said Scarlett, "I'm proud of the work Kurn Hattin does to make a difference in young people's lives." Kurn Hattin's Co-Executive Director Connie Sanderson said, "It is such a pleasure to have Bill on our Board. He brings a special knowledge of the types of children we serve, which will help to guide us as we move forward."
Vermont Arts Council Funds Artist in Residency at Kurn Hattin
Westminster, VT - Thanks to a grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children hosted musical artist Todd Roach in a five-day Artist in Residency. Todd Roach is the founder and Executive Director of a performance space and production company called The Loft in Brattleboro and is an administrator at the Kindle Farm School. During the week-long residency, the students learned traditional percussion rhythms and their cultural contexts of the Middle East and North Africa. The students then created their own musical pieces based on what they had learned. The drumming and Todd’s skills as an artist and teacher, had a very positive effect on the students. The rhythms they created were both powerful and soothing. In culmination, both the emerging and advanced drumming groups performed for the Kurn Hattin community and students from the Westminster Center School at the finale of Kurn Hattin’s Diversity Week program.
Twenty-Four Students Make Honor Roll at Kurn Hattin
WESTMINSTER, VT - Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is proud to announce that twenty-four students have made the Honor Roll at the school’s second quarter. Students are on Honors if they have earned all As and Bs in their academic courses. High Honors is achieved by having earned all As. The Honorees receive a signed certificate by the principal. Congratulations to the following students:
Let Freedom Ring: Kurn Hattin Celebrates Diversity Week
WESTMINSTER, VT - The students and faculty of Kurn Hattin Homes don’t just learn about and celebrate the important issues of justice, equality, and fairness for one day. At this school, compassion and equity are a way of life, and essential elements of good character. Martin Luther King Day is used as an opportunity to spend entire week learning about Civil Rights history, and exploring key diversity-related topics. The students kicked off the events at Kurn Hattin on Monday with a Martin Luther King Day assembly, where they learned about the men and women responsible for affecting positive and progressive change in the advancement of civil rights. The Kurn Hattin Select Choir then participated in an MLK Day program with Vermont Academy students, performing songs such as "We Shall Overcome" and "Shine a Little Light". An interactive presentation followed examining Martin Luther King's speeches, with a discussion and analysis of what made them so powerful.
Grammy-nominated teacher's story gets national attention for children's charity
WESTMINSTER, VT—Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, a charitable Vermont residential school for disadvantaged children, gained national media attention recently after its Music Director, Lisa Bianconi, was named a top-ten finalist for the inaugural Grammy Music Educator award.
Bianconi was featured on Monday night's CBS Evening News (watch the video). She was one of only two music teacher-nominees to be profiled on the program, which has 8 million viewers. After viewing her story on WCAX in Burlington, CBS News producer Alex Romano contacted Kurn Hattin directly earlier this month and requested a visit to the school and an interview with Bianconi. CBS correspondent Michelle Miller made the trip from New York to Kurn Hattin's campus in Westminster last week and sat down with Bianconi and several of her students to find out what makes her so special.
Kurn Hattin Posts Middle School Basketball Season Schedule
Westminster, VT – Kurn Hattin has posted the area middle schools’ basketball season schedule. The season is in full swing and the teams have been busy with practices and games. Please join us in cheering for all the teams. Game schedule for the teams through mid-February are listed below. Inclement weather may result in game cancellations. Call Donna Fahner at Kurn Hattin for more information (802) 721-6946.
Kurn Hattin Homes' Bianconi makes it to top 10 for Grammy Music Educator Award
WESTMINSTER, VT—Kurn Hattin Homes for Children's Music Director, Lisa Bianconi, got the thrill of a lifetime last week when she learned that she is one of only 10 finalists for the inaugural Grammy Music Educator award. Bianconi received the call from the Grammy Foundation while at work on Friday, letting her know the good news and telling her to tune in to the televised Grammy Nomination Concert to watch the official announcement live on CBS Friday night. The 10 finalists, from 10 cities across eight states receive $1,000 and a matching honorarium for their schools. One winner will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 56th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.
New Award from Kurn Hattin Homes Honors Those Who Help Children and Families in Need
WESTMINSTER, VT— Kurn Hattin Homes for Children wants to recognize those who work to make a difference in the lives of children and families. Earlier in 2013, the non-profit home and school for disadvantaged children established the Charles Albert Dickinson Award to recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions to the field of child welfare, and commitment to Kurn Hattin's mission of transforming the lives of children and their families.
Kurn Hattin Children's Choir Gets Encore with Natalie MacMaster, Lights Up the Holidays at the Vermont State House
For the second year running, the Kurn Hattin Children’s Select Choir has been invited to join Grammy-winning fiddler Natalie MacMaster on stage for her “Christmas in Cape Breton” concert. Kurn Hattin Music Director Lisa Bianconi has chosen 26 out of the 64-member advanced choir to perform in the concert, which takes place at the Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 PM.