Mary Carrick talks about her young years going to District 3 country schoolhouse just three miles outside of Chadron, Nebraska. The school was one room and had one teacher that changed almost every year. Mary was the only one in her grade until more joined her in the upper grades. Everyone at the school got along, and built a great community that never got into too much trouble. Mary spends her time in her interview discussing her fond and positive memories of school functions and festivals and wishes for them to be preserved. She recognizes that student with “special problems”, like her son, might not have all the resources they need in these schools, but she thinks that country and town schools can work together to make every student reach their potential.
Country School Legacy: Humanities on the Frontier, "Mary Carrick" (1980). Oral Histories. 10.