Kurn Hattin News
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.
Fit Body Boot Camp Treats Kurn Hattin Homes
Lisa Dumont owner of Fit Body Boot Camp presented a check for $600 which she raised at her gym in Westminster, Vermont for the Kurn Hattin children to enjoy ice cream sundaes at Dari Joy in Bellows Falls. Thinking ahead, Co-Assistant Residential Director Carol Bazin contacted Dari Joy and placed the children’s specific orders ahead of time. When the children arrived in bus loads, the distribution of sundaes went quickly and smoothly. Pictured accepting the donation are Kurn Hattin Executive Director Stephen Harrison, Residential Co-Director Carol Bazin, and Fit Body Boot Camp owner, Lisa Dumont, and some of the children waiting for their sundaes.
Messages of Hope and Compassion
The children at Kurn Hattin Homes have inspiration in an unlikely place. Thanks to the hard work and generosity of Leadership Southeastern Vermont (LSEVT), the restroom doors in the Kurn Hattin school now have wonderful reminders of kindness and self-worth.
Red Sox Invite Kurn Hattin to Sing
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is thrilled to announce that the children’s Select Choir has been invited to sing the National Anthem at Fenway Park on July 9th. This will be the second time that the children have been given this wonderful opportunity by the Boston Red Sox. It will surely be a memorable experience for the children, players, and fans.
Donations Make a Difference for Children at Kurn Hattin
Every donation makes a difference in the lives of children and their families at Kurn Hattin Homes. We are very grateful for the many people who support the children through generous donations. Private and corporate gifts, along with foundation grants, make it possible to care for, house, educate, and provide a variety of opportunities to thousands of children.
Volunteers Recognized For Generosity and Dedication
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children held its Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on May 9th to honor and thank the over 100 volunteers who dedicate their time and talents to help care for the children. School Principal Sergio Simunovic spoke to the volunteers in attendance, remarking that “the service of our mission would not be possible without your talent, skills, love, and compassion.” The volunteers help with governance, school and recreational activities, sports, music, and special events. Principal Simunovic went on express profound appreciation for the volunteers, saying “You bring light into all of the lives that you touch. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Kurn Hattin Children Sing at 104th NSNEW Congress
The Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Select Choir, under the musical direction of Lisa Bianconi, was invited to perform for the National Society of New England Women at their 104th National Congress in Windsor, Connecticut on May 11. The Choir performed many music selections and invited the women to join them in singing "Let There Be Peace on Earth".
Kurn Hattin 7th Grader Attains Second Place in VT VFW Patriots Pen Essay Contest
Alex Lowe, III, a 7th grader at New England Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, has been awarded Second Place in the Vermont Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriots Pen Essay Contest. Lowe, from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, won the Carl M. Dessaint VFW Post 1034 competition as well as the District competition and was awarded a plaque, a backpack with a notebook, a pen, commemorative pins, and two flags: the United States flag and a Patriots Pen flag. He was also awarded two certificates in honor of his accomplishments as well as monetary gifts. Thirty-two Kurn Hattin students, grades 7-8, as well as over 200 Vermont students competed in the annual contest. Congratulations Alex! Kurn Hattin Proud.