• "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

  • "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

  • "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’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’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

  • “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

  • "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 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 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

  • "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

  • “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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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 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 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 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 Homes for Children Hosts 22nd Annual Mental Health Conference

WESTMINSTER, VT— On Friday, October 25th, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children will hold its 22nd Annual Mental Health Conference, Treating Trauma and Attachment Issues in Children and Families. This full-day workshop offers support, practical training, and continuing education credits for counselors and therapists, social workers, educators, medical and legal professionals, caregivers, therapeutic parents, and anyone involved in the field of child welfare or family services.

Kurn Hattin Expands Program with Day Students

WESTMINSTER, VT–Westminster area middle school children, along with their families, can choose which local middle school they’d like to attend. At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, then sixth-grader Rebekah Rounds told her mother very clearly that there was only one choice for her–Kurn Hattin. Why? When her brothers played soccer at Kurn Hattin, Rebekah would always have her family stop down at the farm to visit the horses. She loved the horses. Her mother, Terrilee Rounds said she certainly didn’t want that to be the only reason her daughter chose one school over another. Then she knew Kurn Hattin was the best choice for her daughter when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was certain that Kurn Hattin would give Rebekah the support she needed to deal with this new stress in their lives. “Seeing my daughter graduate is very important to me,” Terrilee says with conviction.

Kurn Hattin Homes' Bianconi makes top 25 for Grammy Music Educator Award

WESTMINSTER, VT—Lisa Bianconi, the Music Director at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, has been chosen as one of 25 semifinalists from across the U.S. for the first-ever Music Educator   Award presented by the Grammy Foundation® and the Recording Academy®.  The 25 semifinalists, music teachers from 24 cities across 15 states were officially announced on September 11. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

Children's Choir Brings Songs of Hope to Hospice event

WESTMINSTER, VT. | August 23, 2013 On Saturday, September 7th in Lebanon NH and Sunday, September 8th at Landmark College in Putney VT, the Kurn Hattin Choir will perform at the Wings of Hope benefit for Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire. The event will include the release of live butterflies to honor friends and family who have passed. Kurn Hattin students will sing a number of musical selections and invite the audience to participate in the final song, Amazing Grace, to close the program.

Kurn Hattin To Host Invitational Cross Country Meets

Westminster-Kurn Hattin Homes will be hosting the 2013 Invitational Cross-Country Meets in September and October. Kurn Hattin is located on Kurn Hattin Road in Westminster, Vermont. The meets are on Wednesdays, September 18th, and October 2nd. Walking the course starts at 3:30 p.m. and the meet starts at 4:00 p.m.

Kurn Hattin Homes Hosts Yankee Male Chorus' 60th Anniversary Show August 9th

WESTMINSTER, VT. | August 1, 2013 Kurn Hattin Homes for Children invites the public to attend this year's performance of the Yankee Male Chorus. This free concert is open to the public and takes place Friday, August 9 at 7:30 PM in Higbie Auditorium on the Kurn Hattin Homes campus in Westminster, Vermont. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the chorus' founding. The chorus has selected Kurn Hattin Homes as one of the stops on its four-show tour several times over the past decade.

Golfers Braved the Heat to Raise Funds for Children at 22nd (2013) Annual Kurn Hattin Golf Classic

July 22, 2013 | Westminster, VT – Despite last week's sizzling temperatures, golfers from all over New England came out to the Keene Country Club for the 22nd Annual Kurn Hattin Golf Classic to support children in need from around the Northeast. The event raises funds to help care for the children at Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster,Vermont, a year-round home and school for boys and girls affected by tragedy, poverty, homelessness, abuse, or other family hardship. The work done at Kurn Hattin Homes is made possible solely by philanthropic donations and fundraisers like the Golf Classic. Monies raised cover tuition, healthcare costs, clothing and other basic needs for the children in Kurn Hattin's care throughout the year. Golfer and Kurn Hattin Incorporator, Scott Bundy, said of the event, "Kurn Hattin is one of those places that gives kids a second chance. You've just got to support a cause like that."

Kurn Hattin Travels To D.C. For Youth Leadership Summit 

Westminster, VT – Kurn Hattin Home provides children opportunities they would not have otherwise. Being able to travel to our nation’s capital and participate in a Youth Leadership Summit is certainly one of those opportunities and one that remains in a child’s memory for life. From June 21-23, six children and their principal and houseparent boarded the blue Kurn Hattin bus and traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the second annual National Fellowship of Child Care Executives (NFCCE) Youth Leadership Summit. Fourteen children from four children’s homes throughout the country participated in the leadership workshops and historic and cultural sightseeing. They saw for themselves what that they had only seen and read about in their school books and on the Internet. They were challenged to think about their own lives and their desired outcomes.

Kurn Hattin Homes Summer Program Line-Up

July 11, 2013-August 9, 2013 

A home and school for children who are at-risk or in need, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster, Vermont serves students on a year-round basis. Because many students do not have home environments that allow them to return during the summer vacation period, they remain on campus for our summer program and participate in a wide variety of educational and recreational activities.

Kurn Hattin’s summer program line-up offers something for everyone, from working on the farm, to learning traditional handicrafts, such as needlework and quilting, to dance and basketball camps, to horseback riding, camping, and swimming. For many students who come to Kurn Hattin from urban environments, it is the first time they have the opportunity to participate in these types of activities.