U-Mary Campus Read, 'The Road,' Will Help Benefit Carrie's Kids


Bismarck, ND - Not every child in Bismarck has the opportunity to go to school. There are children who are without homes in the community and are forced into homeless shelters. Many of them are faced with enormous disadvantages and educational barriers with respect to things most children and parents take for granted.

That is where Carrie's Kids comes in. This is a local, all volunteer charitable group in Bismarck that identifies those children who are in most need. Founded in 2005 by Carrie Gross, Carrie's Kids is the "last line of defense" for youth ages five through 21 who are experiencing homelessness or in transition.

The University of Mary, America's Leadership University, is helping to raise money and awareness for Carrie's Kids in conjunction with its 2010 - 2011 Campus Read. The two programs will come together for the kickoff of this year's URead with "The On Ramp: Getting on The Road" convocation. This event will introduce Carrie's Kids founder, Carrie Gross and provide an in-depth look into her organization. The event will take place in Butler Hall in the Gary Tharaldson School of Business at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010.

"This year, the U-Mary Campus Read Committee is excited to showcase and to support, through our yearlong fundraising efforts, a local organization that identifies itself as ‘the last line of defense' for children and young people," commented Rebecca Chalmers, associate professor of English at
U-Mary and chair of the URead Committee. "Under the direction of Carrie Gross, the ultimate servant leader, Carrie's Kids has already done remarkable work and continues to tackle even greater challenges to stop the gap in services for children who often don't have the resources to address day-to-day needs, things that many people take for granted. Carrie's amazing energy is compelling, exhilarating, and daunting, especially as the campus community begins to discover that local needs are much greater than they may appear. We're honored to welcome Carrie to campus on Thursday to hear the story of her work as a part of our Convocation Series, and to raise our awareness about how we can help her in this vital mission."

URead unites the University of Mary campus by enhancing collaborative work and developing links between a particular book selection and its themes. The selection for this year is the national bestseller and Politzer Prize winner "The Road," by Cormac McCarthy.

Since 2006, the URead committee has, each year, selected a reputable charity, related in some way to a theme of the book; has coordinated activities that promote understanding of the work of that charity; and has, through several fundraising efforts, made sizeable contributions to a number of worthwhile causes, locally, nationally, and internationally.

For more information about the U-Mary Campus Read and some of its upcoming yearlong events, visit: http://www.umary.edu/read/aboutus.php and information regarding Carrie's Kids click: http://www.carrieskids.com/about.asp.