Child author Makenzie joins Chargers at Payne Elementary

Child actor and now author, nine-year old Makenzie Lee-Foster reads to kindergarten students at Payne Elementary School in Inglewood on March 2nd in commemoration of Dr. Seuss Day in America. (Kenneth Miller/Photo)

Nine-year old child author and actress Makenzie Lee-Foster joined the Los Angeles Chargers at Payne Elementary School in Inglewood to celebrate Read Across America Day in honor of renowned children book author Theodor Seuss Geisel.

Makenzie donned Chargers uniform as he visited a classroom of kindergarten students and then read her book titled ‘Kickin With Kenzie’ and afterwards presented the students with bookmarkers.

An acting prodigy, Makenzie has appeared on ‘This is Us’  The event was among many in Inglewood and the fourth annual for the Chargers, commemorating March 2nd as Dr. Seuss Day, a recognized national holiday in the nation

Charger Girls pose with students from Payne Elementary School in Inglewood on March 2nd in honor of Read Across America Day, celebrating Dr. Seuss Day. (Kenneth Miller/Photo)

Mackenzie has used some of her money earned as an actress from Emmy-award winning drama, ‘This Is Us’. She also starred in Dee Rees’ short film, “The Box,” for the 90th Academy Awards.

Born in San Jose, California, Makenzie started her acting career at two years old. She starred as Young Deja Andrews, the rebellious Pearson foster child in ‘This Is Us,’ and also starred as a young girl imagining her space adventure and refusing to go to bed in ‘The Box.

Additionally, she starred as Young Toni Harris, one of the first females to play college football, in the Toyota Super Bowl LIII commercial.

Now the home schooled young girl is promoting her own book that teaches children to follow their dreams and that nothing will come easy, it all takes work.

Accompanied by her mother Shakondi, the enthusiastic Makenzie managed to keep the attention of the kindergarteners while reading.

When she’s not acting or helping her community through empathy and messages of anti-bullying, Makenzie enjoys science, art, sports, exploring, and making friends.

Ask if she was a Chargers fan, she responded, “I don’t watch football on television.”

When queried if she was a good student, she said “You would have to ask my mother that.

Mom says that Makenzie (a third grader) is reading at a fifth grade level and has been acting since she was just two-years old.

She has appeared in a Walmart commercial during the Academy Awards and the McDonalds Movement Black and Golden.

The Charger Girls and former Chargers wide receiver Kassim Osgood also participated in reading to selected classrooms during the hour-long event.


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