In honor of Month of the Military Child, Alpha is partnering with Our Military Kids to highlight the child of a service member. Our Military Kids, one of Alpha’s corporate philanthropies, provides grants so that children of active duty and wounded military can participate in extracurricular activities.
Today we are highlighting Danielle, whose father is a retired member of the Air Force. Danielle’s father was a sensor operator for unmanned planes, and when Danielle was younger she got to see her father in action during an air show on base. This sparked Danielle’s interest in both science and aviation.
Our Military Kids provided grants to Danielle to attend dance classes, which she describes as “an escape from the world where I don't have to worry about anything stressful.”
Most recently, Our Military Kids provided a grant that will allow Danielle to participate in a S.T.E.M. camp at the National Flight Academy at the naval base in Pensacola, FL. This experience will allow Danielle to further explore her passion for learning in the science and aviation fields. Learn more about Danielle and her experience with Our Military Kids below:
What did you like about moving around when your dad was in the Air Force? What did you not like/ was hard about it?
I didn’t really like anything about moving around, but I had done it all my life and didn’t know anything else. It was hard for me though because I was never in one place long enough to have a best friend. I’d be in one place for three years at the most, and then move away and start all over again in a place where everyone else already had best friends. It did give me the chance to meet lots of people though.
What is it like knowing that you are staying in one place?
It makes me feel secure knowing that I’ll be staying in one place from now on. I feel comfortable knowing that I don’t have to worry about leaving anything in Florida. Something funny about it though is that I now get restless. Like I said above, I hadn’t lived anywhere for more than three years, but a couple of months ago, I had officially been living in my house for three years. My mom and I both started to feel like we needed change, so we ended up rearranging my whole bedroom and painting the walls, and for some reason, that made us feel better.
What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
My favorite subject in school is math. I don’t know exactly why that’s my favorite subject, but I’ve always been good at it and I’ve never found it terribly complicated. If I had to pick another subject, it would be history because I have an amazing teacher who makes history fun and inspires me to learn everything that I can about anything that I can.
What are you most excited about when you attend the STEM camp this summer?
I am most excited about the experience I will have at STEM camp this year. I’m really looking forward to making new friends and learning with them about aviation.
Why do you think it is important for girls to be involved/interested in STEM?
I think it is important for girls to be involved in STEM to show that it’s not just a man that can do impressive things with their brain and that taking care of the house is not just a woman’s job. I think a lot of girls have an interest in STEM, but are just too afraid that they will be labeled a nerd, an overachiever, or any other nasty name that they could be called, I know I was afraid of that. In school, we get the impression that science is boring and math can’t be used for anything, but that’s simply not true and I wish more people knew that.
Do you know what you want to be when you are older?
When I grow up, I want to do something to help the world. Whether that’ll be helping to find the cure for cancer or fighting for minority groups like the LGBT community, I don’t know. All I know is that I want to make a great impact on the world, and I’m sure that if I stick with what I’m doing, I’ll get there.
How is Our Military Kids helping you achieve that goal?
Our Military Kids has definitely helped me a lot along the way. They fund my dance classes which definitely keeps me sane and now they are helping me do something I’m interested in and give me the chance to share my story, and I am eternally grateful.