(Pictured: Christy and her son, Avery)

Meet Carroll County recipient Christy Darby! Christy is currently in her second semester at Northark, studying Accounting. She was also recently featured on KNWA and General Mills segment “Doing Good”, talking about SPSF NWA. 

What’s your son’s name and how old is he?
My son’s name is Avery, and he is 12 years old. He is one of the kindest people I know.

Where are attending school and what your major?
I am currently attending Northark with intentions of transferring to a four-year college to pursue a degree in Accounting.

What is something about parenthood that has surprised you?
The biggest surprise of parenthood is how rewarding it can be.

What is one of your favorite parenting moments?
When I see Avery showing kindness to strangers.

Where do you like to hang out with your family in NWA?
One of our favorite things to do is to take our bikes and ride the trails near Crystal Bridges.

What’s something you wish someone would have told you before you had kids?
I wish someone had told me to get an education before having children.

What are some of your hobbies?
Some favorite hobbies are looking through thrift stores and cooking.

What is your idea of a great weekend?
A great weekend would be camping at the lake with friends and family.

Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration in reading about or listening to people who have overcome enormous odds.

How did you hear about SPSF NWA?
I heard about SPSF NWA when I went to Northark to inquire about enrolling.


What’s one word that sums you up?

What is a quote or some words that you live by?
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”  C.S. Lewis

Why do you value education?
I value education because no matter who you are or where you come from, it is the key to your future.

What does Avery want to be when he grows up?
Currently, he wants to be an NBA player.

What do you enjoy most as a parent?
Watching Avery continue to grow and develop into the amazing person that he is.

What made you decide to go back to school/ go to school for the first time?
The strong desire to learn more and to feel a sense of accomplishment. When I’m finished, my son will see the rewards of hard work and determination.

Other than financially, what impact has SPSF NWA made on your life?
The level of support is tremendous. Knowing that everyone at SPSF NWA’s goal is to help you succeed means so much to me.

How will life be different for you and your family after you graduate?
After I graduate, I will certainly have more income to provide more opportunities for Avery, but just as important, I will have a confidence in myself that I haven’t had before.

What would you like to say to SPSF NWA supporters?
“Thank You! Thank you for believing in us and contributing, so that SPSF NWA can continue encouraging and providing support to parents who need a little help.”