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New York City Teens Summer in Delmarva

Posted: Jul 11, 2018 5:11 PM Updated:
Andre Christie and his family playing in Sussex County Andre Christie and his family playing in Sussex County

LEWES, Del.- For many teens in New York City, summers mean riding the subway and walking down the crowded streets of the Big Apple.

But for a few who are a part of a summer program called the "Fresh Air Fund," now, summers mean outdoor activities like catching fireflies, farming, surfing, even playing basketball. 

Teens like Andre Christie have been a part of the organization for a number of years, going back and visiting their host families every single summer.

For Andre, this year makes year nine with his Delmarva family, saying he loves getting away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, and coming down to spend summers with the Carter-Houck's in Sussex County.

"I was actually 6-year-old and that first year I can remember saying 'I miss my mom, I want to go back home.'"

Now that he's a bit older, being away from family in New York doesn't phase him as much. Instead, each summer he's grown closer and closer to his family in Lewes, doing activities like zip-lining and surfing, which wasn't at his disposal in New York. 

Andre's Delmarva grandma, Diane Lane, says she views Andre as family, as she's known him since he was just a boy.

"I'm very proud when he comes, and I'm excited when he does. In the pictures, of all the photographs we have, the summer adventures, you can see how the boys have grown and bonded together. It's an amazing thing to see, it's fun."

But Andre isn't the only teen to search elsewhere for summer fun. The Fresh Air Fund has also provided a free summer experience to over 1.8 million New York City children as well. 

 

 

 

 

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