National Peanut Day Celebrated At Jones-Wheat Elementary
March 15, 2017, declared as National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, was celebrated by the students at Jones-Wheat Elementary School. Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black encouraged all schools in the state to educate their students on the importance of one of Georgia’s top commodities- peanuts. Local Farmer Kevin Rentz along with Eric Floyd, a Rentz Family Farms employee and JWE parent, visited the school to share information about the peanut with the students. Students watched a video on peanut production and harvesting as well as a video on the making of peanut butter. Mr. Rentz then answered questions asked by the students. After the program, the students went outside to view a peanut picker and a peanut wagon belonging to the Rentz Family Farms.
As a part of the day’s celebration, the Kevin Rentz Family presented the Jones-Wheat Elementary library with copies of three books in memory of the late Mitchell May, former Decatur County Extension Agent who, before losing his battle with cancer, was a very vital part of the agriculture community in Decatur County. Mr. May’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Karen May accepted the books for the library on behalf of the May family. The Georgia Peanut Commission presented the book “PB and J Hooray” to the school. Mr. Martin Bius, Decatur County Young Farmers Teacher and Decatur County School Nutrition Director Mrs. Debbie Purcell also participated in the program.