• "Kurn Hattin provided advice, support, and encouragement to pursue my dreams. The most important lesson I learned was to be humble, kind, and help those who were less fortunate. Because of Kurn Hattin, I have found my voice, my purpose in life, and my passion to help those who are in need.”

    ~Heather Kampfer, Class of 2001, Alumni Association President

  • "I was so proud of my girl, getting up on stage and singing her heart out. Kurn Hattin is building her up with so much confidence. I will be forever grateful for what you are doing for my little girl."

    ~ Brenda Boisjolie Arce, Mother

  • "I support Kurn Hattin partly for sentimental reasons and as a teacher, I know the needs of children who no longer can live at home. I like their philosophy—to return the children home to their families. The families are given time to strengthen and heal. The children are given every chance to succeed and find their own niche whether it is with music, sports, writing, or animals."

    ~ Carol Howe, Friend & Supporter

  • "I’m grateful to have had the experience at Kurn Hattin Homes, which was my and my brother’s ‘village’ that made such a positive mark on our lives.”

    ~Rhonda (Gaudreau) Nolan, Class of 1977, Incorporator

  • “Kurn Hattin was the best choice my family ever made for me. When I was in the 8th grade I didn’t want to leave.”

    ~Kristen McDaniel, Class of 1991

  • "Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth. It’s a phrase I associate with my upbringing at Kurn Hattin. I attended Kurn Hattin from 3rd to 8th grade and was given security, consistency, guidance, and direction. The girls, boys, teachers, and houseparents became my forever family.”

    ~Kim (Sherrick) Dawson, Class of 1982

  • "I didn’t know how to make friends. I had a lot of problems. I felt like I was stuck in quicksand. Then I came to Kurn Hattin. It was a slow process, but I was given a lot of structure and I needed and responded to that structure.“

    ~Christiana Mylott, Class of 2018

  • "My son has since graduated from high school and just turned 18! He’s an accomplished jazz musician and artist. Thank you Kurn Hattin for all you do for children.” 

    ~Chantal Paulino, Mother

  • "The lessons of life that I still carry today were taught to me at Kurn Hattin 50 plus years ago. Although many of my teachers who stood at the ‘fork in the road’ are gone, I carry on their legacy. And now I stand at the fork in the road to point the way for those who follow.”

    ~Jerry L. Bardwell, Class of 1973, Trustee

  • “Best years of my life. I’m now 36 married and have 3 beautiful daughters. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for everything this school did for me. Kurn Hattin definitely made me the man I am today.”

    ~Tom Adkins, Class of 1995

  • "I love Kurn Hattin and miss it like crazy.  Kristi Lisai, thank you for being the BEST English teacher ever, being so easy to talk to, and teaching me how to be such a good writer!  Richard M. Long, thank you for never giving up on me when I would do so badly in social studies.  And to all of the other teachers and staff, just thank you for being my ... AWESOME TEACHERS!"

    ~ Chelsea Candello, Class of 2012

  • "The area I came from wasn’t the best environment. Though I didn’t want to be here at first, I’d say my mom did the right thing. The houseparents are like family. They changed my life. I matured in all aspects from being a little kid to growing into a man.”

    ~Jacob Edwards, Class of 2018

  • "Kurn Hattin gave me guidance and structure when I needed it most. Kurn Hattin was the most perfect support my parents could have asked for. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. Kurn Hattin is that village”

    ~Gizenia Boyd, Class of 2005

  • "I can’t help reiterating my admiration and thanks to a wonderful haven for needy children and one which has provided guidance, education and encouragement to many, many children, who have gone on to lead meaningful adulthood lives, some who have become leaders in society.”

    ~James Barschdorf, Class of 1944

  • "Discipline, respect, loyalty, and love are what I learned from the houseparents. I have 3 older brothers and we all went there. Thanks Kurn Hattin–Always the place I call home."

    ~Stephen Smith, Class of 1994

  • "I still remember walking into Kurn Hattin. The scared little girl I was. Seeing myself grow over the years has been a blessing. But I never could have done it without the backbone of my forever home. Thank you, all of you. I really did it. I graduated high school!"

    ~ Makiah Curtis, Class of 2012

  • “I’m so proud to have been at Kurn Hattin. It turned my life around and put me on the right track. I’m not sure where I would have been otherwise. And I believe I was the only boy who made ‘Eagle Scout’ at that time.”

    ~ Peter Stavrou, Class of 1951

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.

King of Nouveau Swing, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Mentors Young Local Musicians

WESTMINSTER, VT- After performing center stage on Church Street at the 2014 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival on Thursday June 4th, the young students of the Kurn Hattin Homes Jazz Ensemble were invited to participate in a private workshop with award-winning New Orleans alto sax giant, Big Chief Donald Harrison. The workshop was part of the Flynn Center’s Artist-in-Residency series sponsored by Lake Champlain Chocolates.

Kim Fine, F. Lisa Bloch lead Kurn Hattin’s Development Department; maintain focus on sustainability

WESTMINSTER, VT—Following the appointment of Connie Sanderson to her current role as Co-Executive Director of Kurn Hattin Homes after 26 years as Director of Development, the non-profit turned to its Senior Development Officer, Kim Fine, to take the reins, and hired F. Lisa Bloch to round out the department's leadership team.

North Walpole Native, Susanna Compare, Graduates from Kurn Hattin with High Honors

WESTMINSTER, VT— Miss Susanna Compare of North Walpole, NH, graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children on Saturday, June 7. Compare, a residential student at Kurn Hattin since 2010, finished her 8thgrade year with a long list of achievements, both academic and extracurricular. A regular on the high honor roll, she graduated at the top of her class, earning the title of class valedictorian and winning this year’s W.I. Mayo Scholarship, a $200 scholarship awarded annually to the most outstanding all-around student. In addition, she won the Massachusetts Board of Directors Award for excellence in writing. During her five years at Kurn Hattin Compare excelled in the music program and was a member of the school’s award-winning select choir, as well as playing the trumpet in the marching band and jazz ensemble. As a result, she was also chosen as this year’s winner of the annual Kurn Hattin Instrument Award for outstanding musicianship, receiving her own trumpet. Looking ahead, Compare has been accepted to attend the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania, where she will begin her freshman year of high school in September, 2014.

Walpole Native, Chrystal Longe, graduates from Kurn Hattin with high honors

WESTMINSTER, VT—Miss Chrystal Longe of Walpole, NH, graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children on Saturday, June 7. Longe, a residential student at Kurn Hattin since 2011, finished her 8th grade year with a long list of achievements both academic and extracurricular. A regular on the high honor role, she finished the year at the top of her class, earning the title of class salutatorian. During her time at Kurn Hattin, Longe excelled in the music program, playing the clarinet in the school’s marching band and jazz ensemble, as well as being a regular soloist in the award-winning Kurn Hattin select choir. As a result, she was chosen as this year’s winner of the annual Kurn Hattin Choir Award for outstanding vocal performance. Longe is currently looking forward to beginning her freshman year of high school in September, 2014 at Green Mountain High School in Chester, VT. Her long-term goals include attending the United States Military Academy, advocating for the rights of women to become Navy S.E.A.L.s, and then becoming one herself.

Brandon Native, Jessica Waite, graduates from Kurn Hattin with honors

WESTMINSTER, VT—Miss Jessica Waite of Brandon, VT, graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children on Saturday, June 7. Waite, a residential student at Kurn Hattin since 2008, finished her 8th grade year with a long list of achievements, both academic and extracurricular. Having participated and excelled in all aspects of Kurn Hattin’s agriculture, horsemanship, and farm science programs, Waite is this year’s recipient of Kurn Hattin’s Agriculture Award, given annually to the student who has demonstrated the greatest aptitude for agricultural endeavors during their time at the school. In addition, Waite received this year’s Michael Bouvier Scholarship, a $500 prize awarded to the student who has exemplified the qualities of good citizenship throughout their time at Kurn Hattin. Waite was also a soprano in the award-winning Kurn Hattin select choir, as well as playing trumpet in the school’s marching band and jazz ensemble. Looking ahead, Waite has been accepted to attend the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania, where she will begin her freshman year of high school in September, 2014.

Magic at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

Westminster, VT – The Kurn Hattin children and staff had a magical morning with entertainer Steve Finer. Steve Finer has been entertaining with his magic and comedy since he was 6 years old growing up in the Boston area.  In the last 50 years he has performed from Boston to Seattle Washington, traveling with his side kick “Charlie the Rabbit”. Steve has also performed in Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany. He has called Killington Vermont his home with his family since 1983.