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It was Peanut Butter and Jelly time throughout school systems in Southwest Georgia. The Georgia Peanut Commission partnered with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association and schools throughout Southwest Georgia to celebrate Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. The Georgia Peanut Commission donated peanuts, educational materials for teachers and coloring books to all of the schools participating in the event. Additionally, GPC presented the media center at the Primary, Elementary school, and PreK with a copy of Janet Nolan’s, PB&J Hooray! book. Golden Peanut, GA Farm Bureau, and Birdsong Peanuts also donated peanuts. The lunch menu featured a peanut driven menu with Smuckers’ PBNJ, a peanutbutter cookie and packs of roasted peanuts. Teachers engaged students in activities that taught about peanuts. Students made peanut hats, peanut people, worked peanut math problems, sang peanut songs, some learned about the many uses of peanuts, and other activities. Our PreK students made PBNJ spiders as they learned about peanuts and Middle school students dressed up like farmers. Farmers Meredith Rogers, Casey Cox , and Miley Adams read to our students and answered questions. Alan Collins, FFA Advisor and FFA students (below right), Carrienton Stevenson, Jarnea McKinney, Rodney Keaton, David Bell, Alonzo Hughey, and Josie Maynard helped young students learn about the tractors and pickers that are used in planting and harvesting peanuts. “Peanuts are Georgia’s official state crop, and the state boasts the largest share of peanut production in the U. S. at nearly 50 percent for the 2016 crop,” according to Armond Morris, chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission. “Georgia’s 3,500 peanut farmers contribute approximately $1.3 billion annually to the state and local economy.” We highlight Georgia’s peanut farmers in class lessons to strengthen the connection from peanuts traveling from the farm to the table. Others we need to acknowledge are Glenn Heard with Brinson Farms donated baby carrots served in the meal. Clayton Bullard with AIMTRAC provided CASE IH tractors and Miley Adams provided a peanut picker at MC Elementary School.