2017-08-09 / Front Page

Students learn leadership skills and experience history in D.C.

The Kurn Hattin children stand with their peers in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. — COURTESY PHOTOThe Kurn Hattin children stand with their peers in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. — COURTESY PHOTOWESTMINSTER — Children from Kurn Hattin Homes recently spent four full days in Washington, D.C. to participate in the National Fellowship of Child Care

Executives (NFCCE) Youth Leadership Summit.

The conference for students included empowering leadership workshops and tours of educational museums, national monuments, and historic places.

The Kurn Hattin children traveled to Washington, D.C. to join other students from participating children’s homes from all around the country to learn leadership skills, gain historical knowledge to build a sense of community and civic responsibility, and forge new partnerships across the country. To attend the trip, the children were required to write compelling essays about why they were interested in attending the conference.

On the first day of the excursion, they saw the Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans, and Korean memorials. On day two they had a morning workshop and then headed out to see Arlington National Cemetery, Embassy Row, the National Cathedral, Jefferson Memorial, and the FDR Memorial.

On the last day before traveling home they again had a workshop in the morning and then visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, parts of the Smithsonian Institution, including the National Museum of Natural History and the National Zoo, and finished up with a moonlit dinner dance cruise down the Potomac River.

One of the students said he was very happy to have been chosen to attend the 2017 NFCCE Youth Leadership Summit. It was like having what he studied in class all these years come to life, according to a press release from Kurn Hattin. He was especially interested in the Holocaust Museum, as it was all very moving. Sponsors helped support the educational experience for the children.

A place of hope since 1894, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children provides a safe home and quality education for boys and girls, ages 5-15, whose families are experiencing a time of personal or financial need. For more information, visit www.kurnhattin.org

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