This year’s Parents for Purple campaign for The Darlington Fund will run until Oct. 27. Learn more about our second-grade parent representatives, Erin and Charlie Hight ('95, LD '22), in this interview with Erin and hear why they support Darlington.
What are your connections to Darlington?
Charlie’s great-grandfather was in the first class at Darlington in 1905 followed by his grandfather in 1932 and father in 1967. Charlie then went on to graduate in 1995, and now our son is a fifth-generation student in the Class of 2034.
Where are you from and where do you live now?
Charlie is from Rome, Ga., and I am from Dallas, Ga. We reside in Rome with our son, Charlie.
What do you do?
Charlie is a regional sales manager with Proactive Sales & Marketing. Erin is a clinical consultant with FinThrive.
What was your path to Darlington as parents?
We knew that Darlington had personally served Charlie’s family well for generations, but as we were touring schools for kindergarten, it was easy to see why. We love how the Pre-K to 8 division allows children to be children. Every classroom is integrated with flexible seating, allowing them to learn in a way that is comfortable to them. In addition to that, they are constantly outside learning from all the campus has to offer. We knew this environment was one we wanted our child to be a part of.
What is your favorite thing about Darlington?
The tight-knit community and the focus on individual character development.
How else are you involved in Darlington?
I am currently serving as a room mom and together we are serving as the class agent. We both volunteer with Tiger Pride as much as possible. Charlie is also a graduate of the Leadership Darlington Class of 2022.
Why do you give to the Darlington Fund?
It is important to us to give to the Darlington Community because we believe in the mission of the school and hope to extend that to as many children as possible. We are extremely grateful for the countless donations over the years that have helped to grow the services offered at Darlington, the opportunities of development for the faculty, as well as the growth of the student body to what it is today.
What advice would you give to new families?
Get involved! Darlington is a special place with so many clubs, activities and performances that serve our children well, but they require volunteers at times. We have made great family friends from serving in this capacity and you will, too!
To make a gift to The 2023-2024 Darlington Fund for Parents for Purple, please click here.