Kurn Hattin News
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.