Can you imagine flying a plane over your school as an introduction to a science lesson? It would be the experience of a lifetime. It certainly was for the seventeen children from the Kurn Hattin Homes’ seventh and eighth grade classes. At the Springfield-Hartness Airport, flight leader Jennifer Jacob and three other pilots instructed the students on preflight requirements and the instruments that make planes fly. Then up into the air they flew with the option to fly the plane themselves! As eighth grader Korbin McDougall-Jones said after the flight, “That was officially the best field trip ever.”
New England Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the third consecutive year that Kurn Hattin Homes has earned this top distinction. Only 17% of charities evaluated have received at least three consecutive 4-star evaluations.
Summer is in full swing on the campus of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. Kurn Hattin provides an activity-filled, year-round home and school for children, and the summer is no exception! Children can be found everywhere you look— from the science lab in the school, to all the way down to the barn. The children participate in many activities during the Summer Enrichment Program, including swim lessons, horse program, yard games, archery, sports, computer programming, arts and crafts, and academic tutoring.
Each year on Kurn Hattin Day, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children orchestrates a lively day of events with campus tours, a luncheon, and a concert performance to thank our donors and alumni for their kindness. This year, the celebration theme was Down on the Farm. The children’s performance of music was inspired by barnyard classics, and had the audience dancing and singing along with the children to songs such as Old McDonald, B-I-N-G-O, and The Chicken Dance. They were also treated to marching percussion and Color Guard, complete with cow print flags!
As an upstanding member of your community and an advocate for a range of charitable causes, you may have often wondered where your donation money will do the most good. It’s important to work with a charity that defines your personal values and works to support a cause you are passionate about. There are thousands of charities across America vying for your attention and your money. Here’s why donating to a local charity makes the most sense.
Charities for children such as Kurn Hattin Homes give people the unique opportunity to explore their charitable side while helping out the most vulnerable and deserving segment of society. Nonprofit organizations for children use donations and the work of staff and volunteers to make children’s lives better, which in turn makes the entire world better.