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Fresh Air For Summer

It’s summer in Westport, and that means many things: long days at Longshore (and Compo, Burying Hill or Old Mill). Free concerts at the Levitt Pavilion (temporarily displaced this year to Jesup Green).

And Fresh Air Fund children, enjoying all that and more.

If it seems that Fresh Air kids have been coming here forever, it’s because they have. The non-profit agency has been providing free summer experiences to children from low-income New York City neighborhoods since 1877. Westport was not on the Fresh Air map then — but local families have served as hosts since at least the middle of last century.

Some kids come for 1 week; others for 2. Some are leaving home for the 1st time; others return to homes they’ve visited before. (Sometimes they’re invited back throughout the year too, for holidays and random weekends.)

All Fresh Air Fund youngsters and families share one thing: a good time.

It’s a low-key program. But it can be life-changing for the boys and girls who participate.

And I’m not just talking about the kids from New York.

A Fresh Air Fund youngster enjoys time in the pool.

A Fresh Air Fund youngster enjoys time in the pool.