• "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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’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

  • "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

  • "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 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 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

  • "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 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

  • “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 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

Seventeen Kurn Hattin Students Make The Cut For District VI Chorus

WESTMINSTER, VT - Kurn Hattin Homes for Children will be showcasing seventeen of their most talented student vocalists at the Brattleboro Union High School on Friday and Saturday, November 22 & 23. The seventeen 7th and 8th graders auditioned and were elected as members of the Connecticut River Valley District VI Middle School Chorus. The choral group will be participating in the Vermont Music Educators District VI Fall Music Festival. The children will perform with sixty-five other accomplished student singers from ten schools throughout Southeastern Vermont.

Kurn Hattin Children Share the Stage with WSO

WESTMINSTER, VT— At Kurn Hattin Homes’ Higbie Auditorium on November 1st, Maestro Hugh Keelan and the Windham Symphony Orchestra, along with students from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, joined forces to present “Resounding Hills: A Transformative Musical Collaboration”.

The partnership was sparked when Keelan visited Kurn Hattin Homes last year and met with the school’s music program director, Lisa Bianconi. “Hugh and I discussed a collaborative effort that would allow our students exposure to different kinds of music,” Bianconi said. “This concert is about transformation; the Orchestra is embracing our students, and our students are embracing them, combining our two worlds to create beautiful music. After the last note is played, we want the audience and the performers to be in awe and want more.”

Kurn Hattin Celebrates a lively Red Ribbon Week

WESTMINSTER, VT— The week of October 28 was bustling at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. The week's events featured Kurn Hattin's annual celebration of national Red Ribbon Week. Faculty and students learned about healthy life choices with a strong focus on anti-bullying, the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, and Internet safety. Students attended workshops, participated in role plays, and wrote poems and essays reflecting those themes. As part of the activities, the children watched the documentary, “Bully” with the school counseling staff, and afterwards shared their own personal experiences with bullying and harassment before coming to Kurn Hattin. The film, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, closely examines how bullying impacted the lives of five children and their families.

102nd Birthday Party for Our Beloved and Eldest Volunteer

WESTMINSTER, VT— The Kurn Hattin Homes for Children community will gather at 11:45 am tomorrow morning to celebrate the birthday of their beloved and eldest volunteer Mrs. Vivian Prindl.

Here is a recent video interview with Mrs. Prindl, where she explains the draw of Kurn Hattin: "When I come to Kurn Hattin I have armfuls of children. They love attention, they need attention. I'm here because I want to be here and that's important."

Trauma and Attachment Issues Key Focus of Annual Conference

WESTMINSTER, VT - Kurn Hattin Homes for Children held its 22nd Annual Conference on Friday October 25th. Each year the organization has held an educational conference to offer new opportunities for training and skills development to staff, educators, human service organizations, and community partners from all over the eastern region. This year's topic was Treating Trauma and Attachment Issues in Children and Families. The featured speakers were Terry Levy, Ph.D., B.C.F.E. and Michael Orleans, M.A., D.A.P.A., co-founders of the Evergreen Psychotherapy Center and the Attachment Treatment and Training Institute in Evergreen, Colorado.

Kurn Hattin Celebrates Red Ribbon Week / Autumn Chores Farm Week

WESTMINSTER, VT— The week of October 28 - November 1 is bustling at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. The week's events feature Kurn Hattin's annual celebration of national Red Ribbon Week, when faculty and students focus on drug and alcohol prevention, anti-bullying, and Internet safety. Students attend workshops, participate in role plays, watch films, and write poems and essays reflecting those themes.

Kurn Hattin Homes Continues Meeting Energy Efficiency Challenge

WESTMINSTER, VT — Kurn Hattin Homes is proud to be recognized as one of thirty-one out of sixty-nine participating businesses and organizations that successfully met Efficiency Vermont’s Energy Leadership Challenge to reduce energy use by at least 7.5% over two years. Efficiency Vermont’s goal was to help businesses and organizations use less energy and reduce electrical use in particular, as electricity is typically a significant expense for businesses. Vermont’s largest 315 commercial and industrial businesses account for more than one quarter of the state’s total electrical use, so if they reduce their energy consumption by 7.5%, it’s like taking many homes off the grid.

Windham Orchestra and Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Present Collaborative Works in Westminster, VT November 1

WESTMINSTER, VT—On November 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM, Maestro Hugh Keelan and the Windham Orchestra, along with students from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, present Resounding Hills: A Transformative Musical Collaboration. This concert takes place at Kurn Hattin Homes’ Higbie auditorium and is open to the public. Admission is by donation at the door.

Kurn Hattin Welcomes New Staff, Board Members at 118th Annual Meeting

WESTMINSTER, VT—On October 4, 2013 Kurn Hattin Homes for Children held its 118th Annual Meeting of the Corporation. Established in 1894 as a home and school for children in need, the non-profit now serves 105 boys and girls, ages 6-15, from around the northeast. Second-term Board President Charles P. Kelsey chaired the meeting, which featured a performance by the Kurn Hattin Homes Select Choir as well as a dinner of Kurn Hattin farm produce, served by the students themselves.