Irwin III, and many others. Boys and girls, ages 12 to 14, make a commitment for three years in order to participate in specially designed educational, recreational and camping experiences in New York City and at Camp Mariah. But it also offers new insight into the way racial inequity has unfolded and been maintained in the twentieth century.
The majority of Fresh Air children are from low-income communities, often without the resources to send their children on summer experiences.
I had asked for access to their record room. Many of the children find the prospect of a summer vacation away from home enticing; their parents, while often cautious and careful, have historically valued the resources their children gain by travelling outside the city.
Yet I often wondered why Director Morgenthau blocked my research. All students register in the spring of 6th grade. Mothers and children ride a trolley car en route to Coney Island on a trip sponsored by the Fresh Air Fund in Camp activities include arthikingnature and creative writing.
First-time visitors, seven to 12 years old, spend one or two weeks with their host family. They develop leadershipteam-building and communications skills through a year-round program.
Some of the special needs our campers have to include sickle-cell anemiacerebral palsymuscular dystrophyhearing impairments and physical disabilities that require the use of wheelchairsbraces or crutches.