A Breath of Fresh Air

By: Lauren McKay
By: Lauren McKay

For many of us, getting a breath of fresh air simply means walking outside, but for some children from New York, it has a whole different meaning. Some children from New York have taken a long bus trip to Virginia to see a different way of living and many of them are amazed at the new things they've seen.

Ahh, a breath of fresh country air. That's what 11-year-old Carmen Rivera from Staten Island, New York thought she'd be getting on her trip to Virginia. Little did she know, there was so much more. "I seen deers, and rabbits, oh and a snake," says Carmen Rivera. "First I was scared, and then I wasn't because I wanted to hold it, when we went on the mountain to see the view it was a snake right there and I was scared," says Rivera.

That wasn't all she saw. "It was kind of weird because I've never seen a cow before and you just see them anywhere basically in the farm and you can't do that, you have to travel to see one," says Rivera. Rivera will be in Virginia for two weeks spending time with her host family.

The Fresh Air Program takes kids from New York City and sends them to one of 13 states around the nation. Chi Chi Emesibe came from Springfield, New York. He says there's a lot more space in Virginia. "If there's one house right here, there's about like six more houses on the row," says Chi Chi Emesibe.

Although Rivera was a little scared of the rattlesnake, she says she's going to tell her friends back home that she likes Virginia. "I'm going to tell them Virginia is very beautiful and it's nice here, they should come here for the summer," says Rivera.

Not only do the children from New York get a breath of fresh air from this trip, but the host families say they learn a lot from the children.


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