Kurn Hattin News
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.
Kurn Hattin is recipient of Rite Aid KidCents Grant
Westminster, VT – The Rite Aid Foundation took charitable giving to the next level by letting customers choose the charity they want to support through KidCents, Rite Aid’s in-store, round up program that supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children. Members of the company’s wellness+program will now have the ability to designate their change to one of the 204 approved KidCents charities on www.kidcents.com.
Apple Harvest Time at Kurn Hattin
WESTMINSTER, VT—It is apple harvest time and the children at Kurn Hattin Homesconcluded the week learning about the apple growing and farming processes of their own orchards. Pulled by a tractor, the students headed out into the campus apple orchards on a country hayride to pick the many varieties of apples. Kurn Hattin’s orchard has approximately 80 trees with seven varieties. After apple picking, the children assisted thefarm manager in making and sampling fresh pressed cider. This is an annual tradition that everyone enjoys.
Kurn Hattin Rolls out the Red Carpet at Alumni Association Centennial Weekend; Famous Graduate, Trombonist Dick Nash Honored
WESTMINSTER, VT—Kurn Hattin Homes for Children hosted a weekend of special events August 1-3 to celebrate the 120th year of the school's founding and the centennial anniversary of its Alumni Association. Kurn Hattin, located in Westminster, Vermont, is a year-round home and school serving boys and girls in grades K-8 who are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates from as far back as the early 1940s returned to the Westminster campus to reunite and reminisce with classmates, friends, and staff.