— Hawley residents, the Searls family, were among the winners of The Fresh Air Fund's 2012
All winners were selected from the hundreds of pictures sent in by volunteer host families across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada, reflecting the memorable experiences they shared with their New York City visitors this past summer.
Categories include Fresh Air Silliness, Family Moments, Reach for the Sky and Fun in the Sun.
The Searls' photos were determined the winners in the Summer Sisters and Stars and Stripes categories, and features Fresh Air visitor, seven-year-old Michelle, enjoying summertime fun in Pennsylvania with host sibling, Olivia Searls. Check out the other winners of the 2012 Annual Photo Contest on www.freshair.org.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.
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 re-invited 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 re-invited to stay with their host families, year after year.
For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child next summer, please contact Anya Korshak at 800-367-0003 ext. 8931 or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. You can also visit them online at www.freshair.org.