Kurn Hattin News
Youth Choruses Gather for Kurn Hattin Choral Invitational and Food Shelf Benefit, March 18, 7PM
WESTMINSTER, VT | Kurn Hattin Homes for Children invites the public to attend its 23rd Annual Choral Invitational on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00pm. This event is open to the public and serves as a food/fundraiser for Our Place food shelf in Bellows Falls, as well as a celebration of "Music in our Schools Month."
Kurn Hattin Choir Gets Encore on WGBY-TV's Choral Competition Series, Together in Song; Season Premiere Airs Saturday, March 7 at 7:30pm
WESTMINSTER, VT—For the third year in a row, the Kurn Hattin Homes Select Choir has earned a spot on the public television series “Together in Song,” produced and aired by PBS member station WGBY. Kurn Hattin's performance will air during the season premiere Saturday, March 7 at 7:30pm. The children are defending the top spot in the "Children's Gospel" category, which they have held for the past two years.
Fontaine Steps in as Acting Kurn Hattin Principal
Veteran Kurn Hattin teacher Tom Fontaine has taken over as Acting Principal of the school at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. Fontaine stepped in to fill the position following the passing of former Principal and long-time Kurn Hattin educator, Tom Fahner, who lost an extended battle with cancer in January.
Fontaine, who has headed the science department and farm science program at Kurn Hattin since 1999, says he is pleased at the opportunity to help. "We're a fairly small organization, and we need to wear many hats. The important thing is maintaining as much continuity and stability for the children as possible."
Beloved Kurn Hattin Educator Thomas Fahner Passes Away at Age 58
Thomas Fahner, beloved Kurn Hattin Homes Principal, and educator at the Vermont school for over 27 years, died on January 6, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Kurn Hattin Homes Executive Director Connie Sanderson recapped Tom’s extraordinary career at Kurn Hattin Homes. “With a 27 year tenure at Kurn Hattin, Tom was one of the longest-standing members of the staff, and made innumerable positive contributions to the school and our young students during his time here. He first came to Kurn Hattin, in 1989 as the School Principal.
Kurn Hattin Honors Rite Aid Foundation for Support of Children in Need
WESTMINSTER, VT—Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has awarded the 2014 Charles Albert Dickinson Award to the Rite Aid Foundation for outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of children in need. The awards ceremony took place at Kurn Hattin's annual Holiday Visitor's Day December 12.
Teaching Children Healthy Choices for Red Ribbon Week
WESTMINSTER, VT— The week of October 27th – 31st was bustling at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. The week's events featured Kurn Hattin's annual celebration of national Red Ribbon Week. Faculty and students learned about healthy life choices with a strong focus on anti-bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, and safety. Students attended workshops, participated in exercises, and wrote poems and essays reflecting those themes.
Substance Use Recovery in Families Focus of Annual Conference
WESTMINSTER, VT- Kurn Hattin Homes for Children held its 23rd Annual Conference on Friday October 24th. Each year the organization has held an educational conference to offer new opportunities for training and skills development to staff, educators, human service organizations, and community partners from all over the eastern region. This year's topic was What About the Kids? Substance Use Treatment and Recovery in Families. The featured speakers were Dianna Christmas, MPH, and Beth Marron, M.Ed., MSW, LICSW, of the Institute of Healing and Recovery in Cambridge, MA.
Student Inspired By Local Children to Do Good in the World
WESTMINSTER, VT- In March of 2014, 14 year old Madison (Maddy) Schumacher participated in an annual project that changed her life. The Project Week, called “Kids Helping Kids” was coordinated with her classmates from New Hampton School in New Hampshire, a boarding and day school for grades 9 – 12. The purpose is to provide their high school students time for an extended investigation of key issues through educational opportunities not possible in the standard classroom setting. The school has a partnership with Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster to be used as a learning site. Kurn Hattin is a residential school and home for at-risk children. The New Hampton kids cheerfully participated in a number of maintenance and community service projects, assisting the teachers by tutoring young readers and mentoring the younger children at the campus. Working with children in need had a profound impact on Maddy. “She came home filled with purpose,” remembers her father. “She said she wished she was rich so that she could give a lot of money to the school.”
Grammy Finalist to Present at Vermont Music Educators 2014 Conference
WESTMINSTER, VT—Lisa Patno Bianconi, Director of Music at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children will be one of twenty-two clinicians presenting at the Vermont Music Educators 2014 Conference at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Killington, Vermont on October 12 & 13. Ms. Bianconi will be addressing the audience on Empowering At-Risk Students to Succeed Through Music on Monday, October 13 at 10:15 a.m.