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Tribute to Our Outstanding Delta Kelly!

Mrs. Delta Kelly was a very active member of the Oakland Township community.

Delta Kelly lived on Gunn Road and spent almost 40 years teaching elementary school in and around Oakland County.  For fourteen years of her career, she served as an educator at Baldwin Elementary School.  She helped form the Baldwin School Environmental Student Council in 1972 in an effort to teach children how to be partners with the land.  The nature center area that developed from this program is still in use today at Baldwin.  Mrs. Kelly had a real love of birds and was a member of the Audubon Society.  Her many other civic contributions included co-founding the Oakland Township Historical Society, co-chairing the Bicentennial Steering Committee, and contributing a weekly column for the Rochester Observer Eccentric.  She also spent several years mapping all of the wetlands areas around Paint Creek, which helped in the establishment of the current township wetlands ordinance.  In addition, Mrs. Kelly taught Sunday school at Paint Creek United Methodist Church, served as a Girl Scout leader, and was a Natural Beauty Roads petitioner.  In her "spare time" she taught chair caning and basket weaving classes for the Rochester Community Schools enrichment program.  After retiring, Delta Kelly continued to educate third graders with tours of historic Goodison Village each spring.  Her love of the natural world, her fascination with local history, and her skill as a writer and author provide an especially fitting foundation on which to build a new school community.  Delta Kelly Elementary School serves as a magnificent tribute to a woman who was an incredibly vibrant, energetic, and dedicated citizen of Oakland Township and the Greater Rochester community.