I have lived in Delran since 1975. My husband, Bill, who is retired from his job at UPS, and I moved to Ward 3 in 1987. I retired from teaching at Delran High School, several years ago but continued to teach at the DHS in the Night School for several years. As a 39 year resident, I was already connected to the community.
I am proud to say that the course that I created in the 1980’s, covering the Vietnam War, is still being taught. According to an article in the New York Times, “Mrs. Kolodi’s course is taught throughout South Jersey, where teachers from neighboring districts ask for copies of the curriculum and veterans in the area have come to depend on their invitation to the classes to address the students.”
- 46 Year Delran Resident
Teaching Volunteering By Example
My work as a volunteer with Operation Smile took me on 5 medical missions to Vietnam. I worked as a support person and brought high school students on each trip. As an International Health Care Volunteer, I was privileged to serve on 2 medical missions to Ghana. Again, we brought high school students on each mission.
After September 11th, working with the staff at the Mount St. Joseph Academy, I reached out to Ladder 5, Engine 24, Battalion 2 Fire Station in New York City and organized the students’ adoption of the station, the firemen and the families of those lost in the attack. The years of memories and the interactions with those men has changed my life and the lives of the hundreds of students involved.
At my previous employers and at Delran High School, I organized the Greyhound Walkers Club. This group of volunteer students and parents regularly go to animal shelters and spend the day “walking the Greyhounds”.
- Retired History Teacher at Delran High School
- Volunteer for Operation Smile
- Supporter of Vietnam Veterans
- International Health Care Volunteer
- Retired Member New Jersey Education Association
Worked to create Delran Firsts
I am proud that while serving on Council, I have organized the creation of the Citizen of the Year and Veterans Commemoration programs in Delran. Also, worked with the Delran Athletic Association to fundraise for many of the amenities, including the four scoreboards and snack shack sponsors now in place in Delran Community Park.