June 8, 2017 – Jefferson Elementary and the adjacent Jefferson Park were recently the sites of a community festival that featured music, entertainment, free health screenings a resource fair, and much more.
In addition to all the fun festivities, Jefferson students and families were invited to the school’s campus for a Farmer’s Market. Each student was given a voucher to redeem for some fresh fruits and vegetables, along with a back-pack stuffed with goodies.
Claudia Cevallos, a volunteer at Jefferson and mother of a student at the school, said, “The farmers market is great. Our children are learning that eating fruits and vegetables is good for them. It is good to find different ways to teach our kids healthy eating habits.”
Christine Campas, School & Community Activities Assistant at Jefferson Elementary School, said, “We wanted to focus on eating better and exercising to improve the health of the Jefferson School families. We started working with the school staff, then our students, and now we are talking to the parents.”
The Farmer’s Market was made possible by a grant received through Jefferson’s participation in the Kaiser Coordinated School Wellness program. This program was offered to students and families in an effort to promote positive eating choices and an overall healthy lifestyle.