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Local Woodstock residents show New York City student the joy of hiking

By Amy Kamb

The Ramsey, McFarland and Kamb families hiked with Fresh Air Fund child Michael to Luce’s Lookout for some breathtaking views of the mountains.

WOODSTOCK—Three local Woodstock families, the Ramseys, the McFarlands and the Kambs, hiked to Luce’s Lookout in Barnard, Vt., recently with Fresh Air child Michael. This is the sixth summer the Kambs are hosting Michael, age 14, of the Bronx.

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time. Each summer, close to 4,000 inner-city children visit 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. Fresh Air children are boys and girls from six to 18 years old who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Over 65 percent of all children are reinvited to stay with their 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 1877. For more information, visit at

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