School Spotlight: Dawnielle Loves Giving Back

Dawnielle Crooks has a very unique relationship with Outdoor Adventure Clubs.  As a high school student at Hughes High School, Dawnielle took Government and Economics classes from OACGC Founder, Denny McFadden.  She also participated in the kayaking trips arranged by Denny as team building exercises for the students and teachers.  OACGC was born out of the love and excitement Denny witnessed in his students during these paddling trips.  After retiring from teaching, he created Outdoor Adventure Clubs to expand the outdoor recreational opportunities he’d been providing at Hughes to students across the Cincinnati Public Schools district.

After graduating from high school, Dawnielle attended Wright State University and IUPUI and earned a BA in Education.  Today, Dawnielle works as a 9th grade teacher and team leader at Western Hills High School.  She is married with two children.  Dawnielle recently became an advisor for OACGC at Western Hills, bringing her personal Outdoor Adventure Club experience full circle.

Dawnielle tells us she chose to volunteer as a Club Adviser because she really enjoyed her experience with Outdoor Adventure Clubs during a summer program she coordinated last year. It also allows her the chance to get more active and outside with her students as well.

Dawnielle said “OACGC has exposed my students to a variety of outdoor activities that some have never experienced. I have watched their appreciation of the outdoors grow through these amazing, free opportunities provided by OACGC”.

Are you interested in coordinating a summer program for your school or organization with Outdoor Adventure Clubs?  Just shoot us an email (  We’d love to talk about the opportunities for engaging your students with the great outdoors in the summer!

2017-09-11T14:12:25+00:00 Categories: Director's Blog, People & Partners, School Spotlight|