Fresh Air children arrive for summer experiences in area

Twenty smiling New York City children boarded buses on June 29, headed for this area, and reunited with their host families as the bus ar­rived in Bedford. This sum­mer, close to 4,000 children will enjoy a summer outside the city with volunteer host families in suburban, rural and small town communi­ties across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Can­ada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Fam­ily Program.

"I’m excited to go swim­ming and to watch the stars at night. I can’t see them at night in the city!" said Ty­rone, 10, about his Fresh Air experiences.

Many volunteer fami­lies find their hosting ex­perience so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all children are re-invited to stay with the same host families, year after year.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free sum­mer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1977. For more information about hosting a Fresh Air child, call Linda Pomeroy at 459-4901, or visit www.freshair.org.