Principal Darby

Principal Darby – Going Way Beyond The Call of Duty to Help Students in Need!

Henry Darby, the Principal of North Charleston High School, learned from a young age to help others in need, without expecting anything in return. And when COVID impacted his students, 90% of whom already live in poverty, he decided to step up.

To do so, Principal Darby took on a second job, working the night shift at Walmart 3 nights per week. Each night, he stocks shelves from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. And then he donates 100% of his Walmart earnings to help students and their families who are struggling with food, housing, and other essentials.

Lessons Learned Early in Life

As Principal Darby told Eyewitness News 11, “I was taught if your hands find something to do, do it.”

Growing up, Principal Darby’s mom taught had him help others without ever charging them for his service. He cleaned windows, washed cars and did other odd jobs as a child without ever collecting or expecting anything in return.

The Fruit of Principal Darby’s Labor

Not only has Principal Darby donated a lot of money from his paycheck, but since people around the country have learned of his efforts, they have donated more to his cause. He has raised over $150,000 and counting, from people all over the country, on his GoFundMe page. And, his part time employer, Walmart decided to donate an additional $50,000.

Principal Darby provides an amazing example of selflessness, generosity, and caring. He is a great inspiration and example, through his tangible actions, to all. Watch this video that tells his inspiring story.

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Topics for Discussion:

  • What character traits does Principal Darby demonstrate?
  • Can you think of one thing you could do to help other kids to live a better life?
  • Do you admire Principal Darby?  Why?
  • What are some things about life that you have learned from your teachers and educators?

Take Action:

  • What do kids in your school need? How could you help make this happen?
  • Learn how you can contribute to Principal Darby’s GoFundMe campaign, here
  • How can you show your support for educators at your school?  Here is a list with many ideas for how to do so
  • Visit the Teach for America website to learn more about young people who serve underprivileged kids and how you can support them!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.
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