Danielle (Dani) Kennel is a rock star.
The 27-year-old Pottstown resident majors in liberal studies at Montgomery County Community College, but in her off time, she is part of a local roller derby league and skates for the Pottstown Roller Derby Rock Stars.
When she’s not rocking the rink, Kennel is part of something completely different. She was one of four Montgomery County Community College AmeriCorps Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania during the 2011-2012 academic year.
“Scholars in Service is an excellent opportunity,” Kennel said. “It’s great experience for personal growth and networking/ public relations.”
The grant program enables students to enroll as an AmeriCorps member on a part-time basis and receive an educational award at the end of his or her term. The students’ service work includes projects on campus as well as weekly hours spent at an external site in the community.
“The site I chose is Ministries at Main Street,” Kennel said. “Ministries at Main Street organizes meals and offers shelter to those that are homeless throughout the winter months in the Pottstown community.
Kennel got into Ministries at Main Street through her participation in Doug’s Corner, the West Campus community service club for which she served as vice president in 2010-2011.
“Doug’s Corner got involved with Ministries at Main Street last winter, and I wanted the opportunity to continue to do so, helping them with fundraising and other activities.”
On campus, Kennel co-chaired the College’s second Relay for Life, and she expanded World AIDS Day into a weeklong series of projects. She also served as president of Students and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (SFLAG), a civil rights/human rights club at West Campus, and she held work-study hours in the Student Leadership & Involvement Office.
Kennel with graduate in May with an associate’s degree in Liberal Studies. She hopes to pursue a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, with a concentration in social studies and special education from a four-year institution, and ultimately hopes to teach.
~ Neree Aron-Sando