Amanda Hayes, 13, of Clay County has been recognized "for her community service efforts in dedicating her time as a Junior Counselor to the Fort Detrick, Md., Child and Youth Services Summer Day Camp" according to a press release from the Department of the Army.
Hayes, daughter of Becky Hayes, served as a positive role model for more than 90 children this summer, volunteering 217.5 hours of her time.
The release, written by Beth Yocom, social leisure recreation program manager, Child and Youth Services, goes on to say, "Amanda's thoughtful efforts were greatly apreciated during this time of deployment and parents working longer hours in support of the war. Her efforts brought smiles to the young children's faces.
"Amanda's selfless service she devoted to the children of the Fort Detrick Child and Youth Services program reflects great credit upon herself."
She also received a Commander's Coin from Fort Detrick. Her aunt and uncle, Tony and Maribeth Negri, were deployed to Fort Detrick during the Iraq War and are now stationed there.
"We were really proud of her," her mother said, adding Amanda had the choice of playing all summer or serving and she chose to serve.