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  • Young author commended

  • Ten-year-old children's author McKenzie Betts was recently honored for her efforts to raise money for a local accident victim with the Youth Service Challenge Award.

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  • Monday, May 21 was a stellar day for child author McKenzie Betts.
    Ten-year-old McKenzie, of Milford, was recognized and awaded the Youth Service Challenge Award by the Lewes Mayor James Ford and the Jefferson Awards for her efforts to raise money for accident victim, Lily Bennett, who was injured in a serious car accident with her grandmother in July 2011.
    McKenzie donated a portion of the proceeds from her recently published book, "Blue Bear Finds a Rainbow" to help with Bennett's medical expenses or whatever else the family needs.
    "I wanted to help her," McKenzie said. "My mom told me she liked to read before the accident so we gave her a book and 10 percent of sales in February."
    The Youth Service Challenge Award was launched nationally by the Jefferson Awards and Ways to Help in September 2010. The Challenge has two purposes: First, to work with mayors and youth-focused organizations across the country to shine a positive spotlight on student-led community service initiatives. Second, to engage one million kids in student-led service activities over the next five years.
    McKenzie's parents Dianne and Bobby Betts could not be more proud of their little girl's grown-up accomplishments.
    "McKenzie 's father, Bobby and I are so incredibly proud of all McKenzie has achieved in the writing of her book," Betts said. "We hope that it shows her that when you put your heart into something amazing things will happen."
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