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Volunteers Help Kids Shine at Children's Home in Vermont

  
  
  
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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~From The Teaching of Buddha

This week, in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children recognizes the many kind people who give their time to come to campus and tutor, teach, coach, or otherwise support the students here.

Faculty Profile: Science Teacher Tom Fontaine

  
  
  
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Thrive on your passion and enhance the world's tomorrow.
~Linda Podojil

The bell rings at the end of Tom Fontaine's science class. "Why does Mr. F's class always go by so fast?" asks one of the eighth grade students as she gathers her books.

Growing (and Growing up) on the Kurn Hattin Farm

  
  
  
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The Kurn Hattin Homes farm and agricultural science program is featured in this spring's issue of Vermont's Local Banquet, a quarterly magazine which focuses on fresh, local, wholesome foods grown and made in Vermont.

Tapping Students' Potential at a Vermont School for Children in Need

  
  
  
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Everyone has a piece of good news inside. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be. How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!  
~Anne Frank 

The earliest signs of spring are finally here - brighter days casting long tree shadows that stretch across the surface of the melting snow, the sun lingering a while in the early evening hours before slipping behind the hills in the distance, a splash of fiery red as a cardinal flits through the brush. And then there are the tiny changes below the surface - bulbs shifting slowly in the softening soil, tiny buds forming on thin branches, sap flowing under the bark of the maple trees.

Faculty Profile: Kristie Lisai - Doing What Works for At-risk Kids

  
  
  
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At its highest level, the purpose of teaching is not to teach—it is to inspire the desire for learning. Once a student's mind is set on fire, it will find a way to provide its own fuel.
~ Sydney J. Harris

If we're lucky, we can think back and remember a teacher who really made an impact on us - who helped us see things in a new way, opened our eyes to a talent we didn't know we had, sparked our interest in a subject, and introduced us to the feeling of success.

Making Spirits Bright - Happy Holidays from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

  
  
  
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Nothing but a child could wash those tears away, or guide a weary world into the light of day. And nothing but a child could help erase those lines, so once again we all can be children for a while.
~Lee Ann Womack

A visit to Kurn Hattin Homes for Children this time of year is a chance to see the true spirit of Christmas in action. Just look around at the children's smiling faces for evidence of the hard work of those who go all out to make each holiday season bright.

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Gifts of Thanks: Kurn Hattin Grads and Family Members Give Back

  
  
  
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We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
~ John F. Kennedy

Did you ever stop to think about the expression "giving thanks"?  Expressing gratitude to someone we appreciate is a simple act that only takes a moment, but it is a true gift that we can give in return - one that allows others to feel appreciated and lets them know that their actions have made a difference.

Happy Thanksgiving from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children!

  
  
  
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A Thanksgiving Poem by John Hurd, Kurn Hattin Homes, Class of 1919

John Laurence Hurd was a student at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children between 1913 and 1919. His literary accomplishments include the memoir entitled, Kurn Hattin, The Story of Home, and the following wonderful poem written by John “many years ago in celebration of friends and family at Thanksgiving.”

From the Principal's Office: Kurn Hattin Gets it Right for At-Risk Kids

  
  
  
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The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross 

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children's School Principal, Scott Tabachnick, recently wrote an op-ed piece for the local paper, the Brattleboro Reformer (published Friday, November 8), to share a few of the reasons why he feels thankful to be a part of the Kurn Hattin community. In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we thought we'd share Scott's letter with you!

Already a winner - Kurn Hattin's Lisa Bianconi, Transforming Children's Lives through Music

  
  
  
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Music education is an invaluable part of school programming. It teaches patience, diligence, and persistence, and draws out profound courage and resilience, particularly in children at-risk.
          ~Lisa Bianconi, Music Program Director, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

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