Making a Difference, One Backpack at a Time.


The Larks and Next Era Energy understand the importance of equipping today’s youth with the tools necessary to be successful in the classroom. That’s why together we developed the Backpack Giveback Program.

The Backpack Giveback Program helps provide students in need with backpacks filled with school supplies.


  1. Fans bring any (2) school supplies items to the Bismarck Municipal Ballpark on Saturday, August 12 at 10 AM or after.
  2. Fans receive a free limited edition backpack courtesy of Next Era Energy.
  3. For every backpack given away, Next Era Energy donated one backpack filled with school supplies to Carrie’s Kids.

How your donation helps Carrie’s Kids:

Carrie’s Kids is a North Dakota non-profit that believes children and teens are created with a purpose. They create a safe learning environment for at-risk or homeless youth in the Bismarck/Mandan area. To learn more about Carrie’s Kids click here.

How can I tell you I’m going to come donate on August 12?

You can accept our Facebook invitation and see which of your friends are already planning to donate. If you don’t see your friends on the Facebook event, you can invite them! Click to accept the Facebook invitation.

What types of school supplies should I bring?

  • spiral notebooks (college & wide ruled)
  • loose leaf paper (college & wide ruled)
  • scissors with pointed top (perfect for the elementary kiddos)
  • black sharpies (fine point)
  • crayola markers
  • colored pencils