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City Kids Make Their First S'mores In Rye

RYE, N.Y. -- The aroma of burning mesquite firewood rose up with the smoke from the brick firepit as children crowded around holding out marshmallows skewered on the ends of found twigs.

"Mmmm...mmmm...good!" said Jason Williams, finishing off the second s'more he's ever had and holding his index finger to his thumb to signify perfection.

Jason, 10, spent the week at the Rye Nature Center with a group of his classmates from Our Lady of Angels School in the Bronx as part of the center's Inner-City Scholarship Fund program .

Another group of students came from the Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School in East Harlem. In total, there were about 50 students participating in the five-day program. Next week, another group of 50 students from two other New York City parochial schools will arrive.

In addition to making s'mores, Jason's favorite part of the program was using a metal detector in the woods. "It was cool," said Jason. "We found an old pot!"

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