*A South Carolina high school principal made national headlines recently for his dedication to his students.
Henry Darby, principal at North Charleston High School and 4th district city councilmember, took on a third job at a local Walmart to earn extra cash to help his students in need. His generosity earned him praise from his community, and now the retail giant has stepped up to help out in a big way, Black Enterprise reports.
“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,” Darby during an interview with the TODAY show that aired on Friday.
“At my age, we don’t ask for money; we just don’t,” he continued. “You just go ahead and do what you need to do.”
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
Darby’s manager at Walmart was unaware of his charity and only learned he was working three jobs once Darby’s story went viral. That’s when Walmart decided to recognize his acts of kindness. The company presented him with a $50,000 check on air during his TODAY show interview.
“You’re awesome, and we appreciate you here at Walmart for all that you’re doing to support your community,” his manager told him during the segment.
“I’m speechless,” Darby replied. “Thank you so very much. This is going to go a very, very long way.”
“He’s ready to help anybody,” one student said on the program Friday. Another said, “He’s impacting the community in a very special way.”
Darby said Walmart’s donation will “go a very, very long way for our students.”
His only request of his students is that they pay it forward.
“Not only did I have to help others, I had to help others without charging them anything,” he said. “From washing windows to visiting old folk’s homes to cutting grass. I was not allowed to charge, I had to just give back to my community.”