• "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 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

  • "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

  • "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’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 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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • “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 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 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 2019 Jazz Invitational

Join us for the 12th Annual Kurn Hattin Jazz Invitational on April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. This not-to-be- missed event will be held in the Mayo Memorial Center, Higbie Auditorium at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster, VT.  

New Hampton Students Immerse themselves into Kurn Hattin

Thirteen New Hampton School students spent a week in March at Kurn Hattin exploring their group’s essential question: What does a nurturing environment look like?

Faith's Auto Group Supports Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

Faith Mba, President of Faith's Toyota Ford in Westminster and Faith's Ford in Brattleboro, VT presented Stephen Harrison, Executive Director of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children with a donation of $5,000.

Building bonds between local businesses and the communities we serve is important to both Faith and Kurn Hattin. Faith said, "I was struck by the diversity of the players from Kurn Hattin at a recent basketball game I attended. The players were so supportive of one another and had a real sense of pride and comradery, and this moved me."

A Bountiful Kurn Hattin Christmas

The Christmas season is a very special time at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. In November, the children selected Christmas trees donated by Christmas Trees of Vermont. The trees were placed around the campus and decorated with traditional and handmade ornaments. Santa Claus was seen several times this year in Bellows Falls and at the Kurn Hattin cottages. Chester Rotary Club came along with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and The Grinch to deliver gifts to all our residents. Vermont Academy students hosted the children for a Christmas dinner. Keene Elm City Rotary club and Savings Bank of Walpole both visited the cottages they sponsor through Adopt-A-Cottage. Walgreens employees came to stuff stockings full of items donated by their generous customers.

Annual Veteran's Day Celebration

Seventh grader, Tayshaun, greets guests Colonel Bruce Martin, U.S. Army retired and Pete Manning, Staff Sergeant National Guard at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s Veterans’ Day Celebration. Including readings, candle lighting, music, and lunch, the ceremony, in its 23rd year, is planned and hosted by American and world history, and civics teacher Richard Long.

Guests Welcomed at Kurn Hattin Get Acquainted Day

Westminster, VT---Guests experienced first-hand how Kurn Hattin transforms the lives of children and their families forever at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s Autumn Get Acquainted Day on November 2. After a music performance, video and alumna presentations, staff Q&A , and student-led tours, as well as a delicious lunch, the guests left with a better understanding of what makes Kurn Hattin so special and worthy of support. For more information or to be invited to the Spring Get Acquainted Day please email Kim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All things Halloween at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

On October 26, Harry Potter Night was a magical event that delighted everyone and was the perfect compliment to Kurn Hattin Homes’ Halloween Dance. The dining hall was transformed into the Great Hall at Hogwarts. Students sat by Houses and enjoyed a roast beef dinner while being entertained by stilt walkers and a magician. Adults and children made wands, tried their hand at Quidditch (sport played on broomsticks), and learned about snakes and our school’s python in the Chamber of Secrets.

Thirteen Kurn Hattin Students Headed to District Music Festival

District VI Music Festival selection committee for Middle School Chorus has selected 13 students to represent Kurn Hattin Homes for Children at the upcoming District Festival on November 16 and 17 at Brattleboro Union High School in Brattleboro, Vt. The students are: Elizabeth Anderson, Jacob Baltazar, Lili Butler, Tristan Caroll, Cameron C., Chan Dowang, Catrina Greene, Bella Murphy, Nick Passos, Ben Robichaud, Gabby Taylor, Nadia Taylor, and Tia Willis-Cooper. The Kurn Hattin students were chosen from 15 participating schools.

Adopt-A-Cottage Sponsors Get Involved at Kurn Hattin

"If you could wake up tomorrow with one new talent or ability, what would it be and why?" was one of several questions both adults and children queried on Adopt-a-Cottage Sponsor Night, September 6, 2018 at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. 

Individuals, club and business members, joined their 'adopted' children's residences (cottages) for a fun icebreaker activity, a delicious dinner, and a cottage tour after having previously donated funds to supply their cottages with needed items, such as new curtains, bedding, and mattresses. The Adopt-a-Cottage program provides the sponsors a special opportunity to not only support Kurn Hattin, but also have fun and spend time getting to know the children.