Kurn Hattin News
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.