Children at Lafayette Elementary School sang, squealed, and learned
about healthy food and where it comes from during a recent visit of the
County Office of Education’s Green Machine van, funded by grants from
Kaiser Permanente and Henry’s Farmers Market.
“The Green Machine program is perfectly aligned with our message at
Kaiser Permanente,” said Roger Dougherty, Director of Public Affairs in
San Diego for the healthcare provider. “We’re very pleased to support
the program, and bring its lessons of healthy eating and physical
activity to more students.”
Representatives of Henry’s were also in attendance at Lafayette, and
helped install a miniature raised garden at the school, and also
provided fresh apples for all the students taking part in the Green
Machine lessons. The two companies were among the first to enlist in the
County Office of Education’s corporate sponsorship campaign.
The Green Machine is part of the Outdoor Education program operated by
the San Diego County Office of Education. Green Machine is a
seed-to-table explanation of where food comes from, targeted at
elementary students, with environmental and energy lessons integrated as
The financial support of Kaiser enabled the office of education to
purchase an additional Green Machine van. That additional vehicle, and
the additional financial support from Kaiser and Henry’s, will enable
the program to reach approximately twice as many students.
“This is fantastic,” said Brian Swagerty, Director of Outdoor Education
for the County Office of Education, as children called out answers to
their Green Machine instructors a few feet away. “It’s very gratifying
to receive this kind of support from companies like Kaiser and Henry’s.
“And this is what it’s all about,” he added, gesturing at the enthusiastic collection of Lafayette students.