The city’s bicentennial celebration took a colorful turn Friday for Palmyra Elementary School students.

 All the students received a special Palmyra bicentennial coloring/activity book during a morning assembly.

The book was the brain-child of students in the Palmyra Middle School PACE class, developed by the city’s bicentennial committee, paid for by a local business and produced by a Quincy, Ill. artist.

“They’re pretty neat, and I think kids are going to enjoy them,” said Mayor Loren Graham, who doubles as the bicentennial committee chair.

The book’s artwork, drawn by Bill Beard, features a number of Palmyra landmarks, as well as map, for students to color while learning about local history.

Ellen Stuhlman, the middle school PACE teacher, said the book was one of about 200 ideas generated by her students for observing Palmyra’s 200th birthday.

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.