Helping him learn the games were the Macey children, Gabe, Noah and Rachel.
Gabe and Noah were a real plus for Chad because theyre close in age, Annette said. Chad, Noah and Gabe feel like theyre brothers.
Hes part of the family; we treat him just like like we treat the other kids, Roland said. I tell him I can even see a family resemblance, that we look alike.
Chad is African-American. The Maceys are White.
Chad attended St. Marys School in Ticonderoga this past academic year. He struggled early, but became an honor roll student.
Were hoping when he returns to school in New York hell be really well-prepared for fourth grade, said Annette, who is a teacher. St. Marys really gives students a strong foundation. Hopefully this experience is a springboard for him educationally.
Chad said St. Marys was much tougher than public school in New York City, but he liked it.
I learned a lot, he said. I learned about God; that there are a lot of good things in the world.
When the Macey family began to get excited about Christmas, Chad didnt respond.
He said he didnt believe in Santa because he had never gotten a gift, Roland said. He had never had a tree.
Chad got presents this Christmas more than he could have imagined. So does he believe in Santa now?
Kinda, he grinned.
The Maceys are thankful the Fresh Air Fund brought Chad to them. While there is no financial compensation for families that participate, the rewards are great, they said.
Fresh Air Fund is a great program, Annette said. You can choose the age and gender of the child you host; its not a difficult process at all and it can mean so much.
The bus that brought Chad to the North Country had three children on it, she said.
Id like to see that bus with 50 kids, Annette said. We live in such a beautiful area and have so much to offer.
Roland said Chad has added to his family and his faith.
We cant help everyone, but we can help everyone God puts in front of us, he said. Im thankful Chad came into our lives.