Not all of Maryville College’s bicentennial activities have been looking at the past. At least one is aimed at potential incoming freshmen for fall 2030.

At the beginning of this school year, the college sent special bicentennial activity books to second grade students in schools across Blount County, as well as home-school students. Additional copies were sent to EZ Stop stores, and during October’s homecoming were part of the Little Scotties Children’s Area activities.

MC alumna Beth Gotcher, now a Maryville City Schools teacher, wrote the 20-page book with illustrations by Mary Bristol, multimedia communications specialist for the city of Maryville.

In addition to the history of the college, the booklets have a heavy emphasis on college and careers, according to Caroline Lamar, the college’s bicentennial events and project assistant.

The activity book included a page for young students to envision and draw their futures as part of a coloring contest.

MC art and education students selected the winner, Prospect Elementary’s Hannah Sullivan, who rode in October’s homecoming parade.

Amy Beth earned her degree from West Virginia. She joined The Daily Times in 2016 on the education beat covering Alcoa, Maryville and Blount County school systems.

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