New York City kids having a fresh air summer in Amherst

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. GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US, I’M NICK ARESCO. ANC: DOZENS OF CHILDREN FROM NEW YORK CITY ARE HAVING A “FRESH AIR” SUMMER IN THE PIONEER VALLEY. 22NEWS REPORTER TAYLOR KNIGHT IS LIVE IN STUDIO TO EXPLAIN WHY SPENDING TIME IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS IS A BIG CHANGE FOR THEM. REPORTER: THESE KIDS ARE GETTING AN OPPORTUNITY TO ESCAPE THE CITY FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS, GET OUT AND PLAY IN NATURE, AND, REALLY, JUST SEE HOW LIFE IN THE SUBBURBS IS THROUGH THE FRESH AIR FUND. PLAYING IN A POOL IS SOMETHING THESE KIDS FROM NEW YORK CITY DON’T NORMALLY GET TO DO IN THE SUMMER. RAFIAH MAIGA “I WOULD BE LIKE WATCHING TV. OR JUST SLEEP OR EAT ALL DAY, SO THAT’S NOT FUN.” BUT THIS SUMMER, THEY GET TO ENJOY SOME TIME OUTSIDE THROUGH THE FRESH AIR FUND. THE ORGANIZATION CONNECTS CHILDREN LIVING IN THE CITY, TO FAMILIES HERE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. THE KIDS SPEND 1-2 WEEKS WITH THEIR HOST FAMILY – JUST BEING KIDS AND ENJOYING NATURE. BRIELLE DAVIE “I’VE BEEN GOING TO THE POOL, I WENT TO A FARM FOR THE FIRST TIME. IT WAS REALLY COOL. THERE WAS A BUNCH OF BEANS AND WE WENT PICKING FOR CORN. I GOT TO CUT SOME FLOWERS FOR A BOQUET FOR MY MOM. THIS SUMMER, ABOUT 40 CHILDREN ARE STAYING WITH FAMILIES IN TOWNS LIKE LONGMEADOW, SHELBOURNE FALLS, NORTHAMPTON AND AMHERST. THEY TOLD 22NEWS, THEY LOVE BEING ABLE TO PLAY OUTSIDE IN THE FRESH AIR. SOPHIE KULIYEVA “THERE’S MORE GRASS HERE, MORE PLANTS. IT’S MORE FRESH. USUALLY IN THE CITY, THERE’S MROE PEOPLE AND IT’S KIND OF POLLUTED. HERE, IT’S FRESH AIR.” REPORTER: THE FRESH AIR FUND IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MORE FAMILIES TO HOST NEW YORK CITY CHILDREN. WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO VOLUNTEER ON OUR WEBSITE

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