Foster Care System Discussion Oct. 5 at CVCC; Part of “Walk To Beautiful” Interdisciplinary Read

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Sen. Tamara Barringer

Catawba Valley Community College’s Interdisciplinary Read Committee has chosen “Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way” by Jimmy Wayne for its annual read.

Sen. Tamara Barringer will be the guest speaker at the next presentation related to the book Wed., Oct. 5, at noon in the East Wing Auditorium located on the Main Campus in Hickory.

Sen. Barringer is in her third term representing Wake County and District 17 in the North Carolina Senate and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Legal Studies at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She and her husband, Brent, served as therapeutic foster parents for the Methodist Home for Children for 10 years. She serves as co-chair of the Homeless Youth Legislative Research Committee, attempting to tackle the problem of the estimated 30,000 homeless youth in North Carolina. She sponsored the Foster Care Family Act and Fostering Success, laws that have improved the lives of foster children by extending the age of foster care to 21, providing a means to learn to drive a car, and to even play sports or go on school field trips, all previously denied to foster children.

In her presentation at CVCC, Sen. Barringer will focus on her accomplishments in the North Carolina Senate and her passion for helping children.

In 2012, Wayne helped get a similar bill passed extending the age of foster care to 21 in both California and Tennessee. He lives in Nashville and continues to raise awareness for kids by writing, singing and speaking.

Thought provoking events will be held throughout the year on “Walk to Beautiful,” Wayne’s powerfully emotive personal account of a childhood spent hungry, homeless, and bouncing in and out of the foster care system. He managed to find love and refuge in an elderly couple. Those supportive foster parents provided a stable home and chance to complete his education. He ultimately became a successful country singer, author, and in-demand motivational speaker.

 For updates on discussions and campus events focused on “Walk to Beautiful,” visit the Facebook page at

Community members are invited to attend this and all subsequent presentations.

If you need accommodations, please contact Wanda Horvath at CVCC, 828-327-7000 ext. 4222, For more information, contact Donna Ross, 828-327-7000 ext. 4111, or

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