"Each of us has a story," says Madison, a member of Kurn Hattin's Class of 2015.
Twenty-six eighth graders graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children this year, the largest graduating class in Kurn Hattin's 120-year history.
That's 26 stories.
They come to read books to the children, help with academics, lend a hand in the horsemanship and music programs, share their knowledge about farming and maple sugaring, chaperone choir and band field trips, attend sports events, and offer friendship and support to the children.
The Elisha W. Culver Alumni Weekend (named for Kurn Hattin's first Alumni Association President, a member of the Class of 1912) was held August 1-3 and celebrated two momentous occasions—the 100th anniversary of the Alumni Association's formation and the 120th anniversary of Kurn Hattin's founding.
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.
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.