(By guest blogger, Laura Duquette)
What do you want to be when you grow up? I remember when relatives would ask me this question when I was a child. You may have been asked the same question growing up. While our choice profession as a child may not have been realized in our life, sometimes we will pursue our interests in other ways.
To learn what interests us, or in what areas we have talent or skill, we need the opportunity to experience a variety of activities. This is not always possible, especially if you are a child living in a situation where opportunities are scarce due to distressing family problems or economic hardships. This is one of many reasons that the Kurn Hattin experience has been and continues to be so invaluable to so many children.
When visiting Kurn Hattin, I was truly impressed by the wide array of opportunities the children have for learning and developing their talents, both inside and out of the classroom! From singing and playing musical instruments to playing sports, hiking, or skiing, from swimming or dancing to harvesting food, horseback riding or learning how to make Vermont maple syrup, the options are many! Participating in a variety of activities such as these helps children gain knowledge, grow in skills and perseverance, and discover and nurture their talents as well as have some fun, too!!
What do you want to be when you grow up? When talking to some kids at Kurn Hattin a few years ago, we got a variety of answers: A mechanic, an artist, a teacher. While it's not certain where life will lead us, it's important to support the children in developing their skills to take on the challenges they will face in pursuing their hopes and dreams. Kurn Hattin has a long track record in successfully helping transform the lives of children and their families, and this is worth supporting!
Won't you join us with The St Nicholas Project in helping the children at Kurn Hattin to reach for their dreams? God bless you!