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120 Years of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children (and Counting)

“When you learn, teach; when you get, give.”
~Maya Angelou

Since 1894, Kurn Hattin Homes has continued to provide a stable, loving home for thousands of children in need. Throughout its 120-year history, this small non-profit residential school has stood on a Vermont hillside, growing deeper roots and weathering even the most challenging economic times in our nation, all while relying continuously on charitable donations.

Kurn Hattin Class of 2014: Thinking Back and Looking Forward

I am told that you can't repeat your childhood. This statement may be true for some, but not for me. I know now that you can return just by closing your eyes and allowing your mind to open the doors of the past. And as long as I am able to do so, I shall always return to my days as a youngster full of life, and to those years that I spent at Kurn Hattin. I shall always keep with me all that I learned and will cherish the fondest memories. And I shall always remember that Kurn Hattin was not an institution, but a home to be cherished, loved, and remembered. 
~Jerry Bardwell, Class of '73

With graduation time upon us again, everyone at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is filled with a mixture of emotions... Many of those graduating from this Vermont residential school for at-risk children have had their lives transformed, forever. 

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children's Lisa Bianconi Honored by Alma Mater


Stuart Kaufman of Keene State College recently wrote a wonderful feature article about Kurn Hattin's Lisa Bianconi. Lisa graduated from Keene State in 1999 with a Master's Degree in Education and has gone on to accomplish great things over the past three decades as Kurn Hattin's Music Director.

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Volunteer Profile: Janet Wilson

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If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.  ~Rachel Carson

This week, Kurn Hattin takes time to honor and express gratitude to our volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.

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

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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