Kurn Hattin News
Kurn Hattin Homes Earns Third Consecutive 4-star Rating from Charity Navigator
New England Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the third consecutive year that Kurn Hattin Homes has earned this top distinction. Only 17% of charities evaluated have received at least three consecutive 4-star evaluations.
Summer Activities Make a Splash at Kurn Hattin Homes
Summer is in full swing on the campus of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. Kurn Hattin provides an activity-filled, year-round home and school for children, and the summer is no exception! Children can be found everywhere you look— from the science lab in the school, to all the way down to the barn. The children participate in many activities during the Summer Enrichment Program, including swim lessons, horse program, yard games, archery, sports, computer programming, arts and crafts, and academic tutoring.
30th Annual Kurn Hattin Day was a Mooooving Event!
Westminster, VT– Each year on Kurn Hattin Day, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children orchestrates a lively day of events with campus tours, a luncheon, and a concert performance to thank our donors and alumni for their kindness. This year, the celebration theme was Down on the Farm. The children’s performance of music was inspired by barnyard classics, and had the audience dancing and singing along with the children to songs such as Old McDonald, B-I-N-G-O, and The Chicken Dance. They were also treated to marching percussion and Color Guard, complete with cow print flags!
Nine Honored for Dedication to Children
As the weather heats up and the school year comes to a close, Service Awards were given to the staff at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children who have spent a significant number of years dedicated to helping transform the lives of children. At the May All Staff Meeting, Executive Director Steve Harrison welcomed all employees of the non-profit home for children, reminding everyone of the tremendous impact Kurn Hattin Homes has in the lives of children and their families.
Essential Volunteers Recognized for Generosity and Dedication
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children held its Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on May 10th to honor and thank the many people who devote their personal time and energy to volunteering on and off campus throughout the year. The residential school and home, which serves boys and girls, aged 5-15, has over 110 volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and care for the children. Both Executive Director Steve Harrison and School Principal Sergio Simunovic spoke, and thanked the volunteers for their selflessness. The volunteers help with governance, school and recreational activities, sports, music, and special events. “Every day that I volunteer at Kurn Hattin I get to see a child's eyes light up,” said volunteer Nancy Hamblet, “I can’t imagine a more rewarding place to spend my time.” And, without these hard-working volunteers, Kurn Hattin could not do what it does for these children.
It’s Spring Fling–Bring the Whole Family!
Vermont’s beautiful springtime weather is finally here, which means it’s time to head up, down, across the highway or river to Kurn Hattin for a full day of outdoor activities and fun for the whole family! Kurn Hattin Homes for Children will be holding its annual Spring Fling event on Saturday, May 6th from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Admission is free (Good will offering gratefully appreciated) and all are invited!
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.