This is such an amazing story. A South Carolina High School Principal Henry Darby spends his days providing strategic direction for his school and making sure students are achieving academic success – but by night, he’s stocking store shelves as a way to give back to students who need it the most.
A high school principal in South Carolina is being recognized for working around the clock to help take care of his students.
After learning about the economic hardships some of his students face, North Charleston High School Principal Henry Darby took a second job at Walmart, working the overnight shift several days a week in order to raise funds for students in need, the Today show reported.
“I get emotional because when you’ve got children you’ve heard slept under a bridge, or a former student and her child are sleeping in a car…I wasn’t going to say no,” he said during a Today interview that aired Friday.
“At my age, we don’t ask for money, we just don’t,” he added. “You just go ahead and do what you need to do.”
Although news of Darby’s generosity would eventually go viral, he initially kept the fact that he was working two jobs to himself — even from his manager at Walmart.
“I didn’t expect the attention,” he said during a recent interview with WCBD. “I simply wanted to work for Walmart without fanfare and to use those resources for my students.”
“It leaked out and this is beyond my greatest imagination,” he added during his Today show appearance, noting that he gets his sense of duty from his mother, who impressed on him the importance of giving back to his community without asking for anything in return.
A high school principal in North Charleston, South Carolina has gone viral for taking on an extra overnight job at Walmart to help his students in need. @craigmelvin introduces us to Henry Darby, and Walmart presents a surprise donation of $50,000 to his school. pic.twitter.com/w8WToo9RCa
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 29, 2021
In recognition of all of the work that Darby has put in on behalf of his students, Walmart reached out to Today in order to orchestrate a special surprise — presenting him with a $50,000 check.
“You’re awesome and we appreciate you here at Walmart for all that you’re doing to support your community,” said his boss.
“I’m speechless,” Darby replied. “Thank you so very much. This is going to go a very, very long way.”
We need more people to have the spirit of Henry Darby.