WOOLWICH TWP. – Students, staff, parents, and retired faculty gathered in October in remembrance of a friend, colleague, teacher, coach, student advocate, and role model to countless students and athletes as they remembered John Kodluk by dedicating the new field house in his name so that the generations of educators and students who come after him come to know who he was and what he meant to our Dragon family.
John’s mother Maria, brothers Steve and Dave and wife Marie experienced Kingsway’s testimony to a distinguished educator, coach and role model.
Kingsway Superintendent James Lavender quoted from Maya Angelou during the ceremony. “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies, it brings us together again and again.” Lavender added, “Mr. Kodluk brought us together for this special moment, to recognize him for his legacy as a teacher, coach and mentor, to remember him for his dedication to our young people and the immeasurable impact he has had on so many of us.”
Lavender added, “Today would not have been possible without the kind and generous donation of this field house, built on site to specifications of our choosing, by Joe Nastasi of Nastasi Construction Group and Mike Demelas who donated the concrete with the express purpose of benefiting our soccer, lacrosse and field hockey programs for the use of equipment storage, concessions, and an observation deck to gain an elevated view of team play.”