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Fresh Air Fund gives summer fun to city kids

July 22, 2011

Photo By Anthony aRusso

Children from the Fresh Air Fund take time off from a busy day riding the water slide at Yawgoo Valley water park to pose for a picture on Friday.

EXETER–Summertime in New York City is nothing compared to summertime in South County. Here, the air is clean, there is space to roam, and the weather is just right. However, some people are not as lucky, and spend the summer months in the shadows of high rises and amidst the sound of screeching car horns.

Especially for children, summer in the city just does not possess the same charm. The vast majority of youngsters would much rather spend their free time from school on a boogie board than a subway platform.
Thankfully, there is a solution.

The Fresh Air Fund has been helping inner-city children experience summer in rural areas for the last 135 years. The fund sets children from New York City up with host families up and down the east coast, from West Virginia to Canada, to spend one or two weeks catching up on the summer fun they are deprived of where they live.

On Friday, July 15, host families from all over Rhode Island spent the day with their Fresh Air Fund guests at Yawgoo Valley water park in Exeter. They used the water slide, swam in the pool, and ran around the field enjoying the space and the weather.

Lynn Finocchiaro, the Rhode Island Fund Representative for the Fresh Air Fund, explained why the children love this experience so much.

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