SAN DIEGO, Calif., (December 20, 2021) – San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), one of San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institutions, is proud to present the fourth quarter George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award to Guitars & Ukes in the Classroom (GITC), selected for the positive impact they make in the San Diego community. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that devote their time, talents and resources to helping others and making San Diego a better place to live.
GITC is a non-profit based in San Diego. Founder and Executive Director, Jess Baron, is an early childhood specialist, music educator, author and songwriter. She shares her profound love of making music with many teachers and students, primarily in Title 1 schools in San Diego and all over the country. Baron knows the power that music can bring to teaching and learning. She is relentlessly dedicated to transforming the next generation by making music accessible to all learners. Baron lives the GITC mission, to expand the role of music in education by training, inspiring and equipping teachers to provide integrated music with cross-curricular learning, with every intentional word choice and action. GITC’s responsive approach educates the whole child through hands-on music making with guitars, ukuleles and educational, collaborative songwriting for academic success.
“We congratulate Guitars and Ukes in the Classroom for being selected as this quarter’s recipient of the 2021 George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award, and celebrate the hard work they do.” said Teresa Campbell, SDCCU president and CEO. “Acknowledging individuals and organizations in our community who dedicate their work to enhancing the lives of those around us is gratifying and impactful for all involved.”
The life of longtime KOGO personality, George Chamberlin was defined by doing the right thing. During his life, George's positive outlook, integrity and generosity touched many people. By doing the right thing day-to-day, George created a legacy that is being honored through the George Chamberlin Leadership Award. Along with his leadership and legacy, Chamberlin was also a renowned financial expert and provided a wealth of financial and business news updates to the Southern California community. Chamberlin presented financial wellness seminars for SDCCU for a number of years, offering his expert insight to help educate members of the community on a variety of topics including budgeting, investments and retirement planning. The community can submit a nomination quarterly at
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