DonorNation announces San Diego’s School Volunteer of the Year Awardwinners!
Dede Quint, George Dewey Elementary School
Ninety-one-year-old choral instructor Dede Quint is an outstanding product of all that San Diego Unified School District has to offer first as a student, then as a teacher and, now, for the past 28 years, as an irreplaceable volunteer at George Dewey Elementary School.
Quint brings the gift of music to the 2nd and 4th graders at the school every Monday and Friday morning, playing piano and leading the students in chorus. Not only has she touched the lives of students and families, she has even changed the lives of some students with autism or selective mutism by helping them completely turn a corner in their abilities through music.
“Music is a very powerful thing. Without her dedicated support we would not have a choral program,” said Principal Tanya McMillin. “She never asks for any recognition but does this faithfully for the love of music.”
Quint first had the opportunity to access music in her life through the school district and said she is only passing that gift along to children who need some music in their lives.
“I volunteer because I love to be with the kids. I can help them sound better and feel good about themselves. I have been with kids all my life and I am happy to do it,” she said. “I love Dewey and that they allow me to come share the gift of music with the children.”
Quint’s School Volunteer of the Year Award prize money will be used to support fine arts expenditures – including supplies and instruction – to bring out students’ creativity at the Title 1 school.
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