Kurn Hattin News
Kurn Hattin 6th & 8th Graders Win Writing Contest
Westminster - Kurn Hattin children created the perfect ending last Tuesday night at the 17th Annual Ziggy Ostrowski Mystery Writing Contest. Held at the Kurn Hattin School, participating students in Mrs. Kristie Lisai's English classes each wrote the final chapter to an unfinished novel. The contest is named in memory of former Kurn Hattin teacher, Ziggy Ostrowski, who began the contest in 2001 because of his love of reading.Bellows Falls author Megan Applegate attended the awards banquet, and spoke to the children about her own love of writing. She is the author of seven Young Adult novels, including the "Shamans of the Divide" series, and "Marienne: The Blade Maiden". Ms. Applegate encouraged the students to use media such as podcasts, blogs, YouTube videos, and self-published e-books to get their writing out into the world. She told the middle schoolers, "Never stop learning and never stop creating."
NHCF Invests in Kurn Hattin Youth
New England Kurn Hattin Homes recently received an $8,000 grant award from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Ira S. and Gertrude S. Hubbard Memorial Fund.
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Over 120 years ago the Reverend Charles A. Dickinson of Westminster, Vermont, asked himself the age old question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” In his affirmative answer the vision of Kurn Hattin Homes was born. He endeavored to provide the safety, security and stability necessary for children in need to reach their full potential by creating a supportive, structured, family style educational and residential community. The unfolding story of Kurn Hattin is an inspiring example of the powerful transformation that kindness, discipline, knowledge, caring, recognition, and trust can give a child in need.
Charity Navigator Renews Kurn Hattins Homes' Four-star Rating
Westminster, VT– New England Kurn Hattin Homes was recently awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. The 4-star rating is a result of Kurn Hattin Homes’ maintaining sound fiscal management practices and a commitment to accountability and transparency in its efforts of transforming children and their families forever. This is Kurn Hattin Homes’ second consecutive year receiving the 4-star rating.
Media day at Kurn Hattin
BY JOEL SLUTSKY
Westminster - As the June graduation approaches for Kurn Hattin students, the anxiety level is on the rise. The eighth graders will be graduating on June 10 and many will be returning to their homes. The myriad of reasons why students came to the school, whether because of abuse, poverty, homelessness or a difficult home situation, is often heightened as the school season ends. But these graduates have been transformed by the school and are not the same people who first came here. These children are not just leaving any school but a school unlike anything they’ve seen before and in many cases that helped turn their lives around. “From now on I will only have one home; Kurn Hattin is my home,” said a graduate in a filmed presentation.
Kurn Hattin Homes Celebrates Volunteers
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children celebrated its 123 volunteers at the May 4, 2016 Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. School Principal Noah Noyes thanked the volunteers, “Kurn Hattin is so fortunate to have so many kind, generous, and dedicated volunteers. In addition to their commitment to deserving children, they are excellent role models of community service.
Kurn Hattin Homes Music Educator Lisa Bianconi Honored at Public Television Reception Showcasing American Graduate Champions
Lisa Bianconi, music educator at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster, VT, and a Grammy Award nominee for her work in music education, was honored by Western New England Public Television station WGBY last week, as one of WGBY’s American Graduate Champions. Bianconi’s work with Kurn Hattin Homes for Children was profiled in a November, 2015 WGBY episode of “Connecting Point”. Connectingpoint.wgby.org/2015/11/american-graduate-kurn-hattin-homes-choir/
Kurn Hattin Jazz Invitational to Feature Samirah Evans and Keene Jazz Orchestra on April 13
Westminster, VT – Kurn Hattin Homes For children welcomes the public to its Annual Jazz Invitational on Wednesday, April 13 at 7PM, at the Higbie Auditorium in the Mayo Memorial Center on the Kurn Hattin campus in Westminster, VT.
Savings Bank of Walpole Supports Kurn Hattin Homes’ Adopt-a-Cottage Program
Mark Bodin, Senior Vice President and CFO of The Savings Bank of Walpole in Walpole, New Hampshire recently presented a $1,000 check supporting Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s Adopt-a-Cottage program to Kurn Hattin’s Executive Director Stephen Harrison.