Does your heart need warming? Read this story of a fifth grader who was offered a college scholarship by basketball star David Robinson if he stayed in school. Thirteen years later, Tyler Darden is back at his old middle school in San Antonio.
“I had to come home,” said Darden, a first-year teacher assigned a class of boys with behavior problems.
“I felt like I needed to come and give back what was given to me over the years.”
Darden constantly reminds his students that he came from their neighborhood. And he urges them to go to college.
For their part, Davis students have thanked Principal Ruben S. Fernandez for giving them “a real teacher.”
“I needed somebody I thought was a strong figure who had his calmness,” the principal says.
In addition to Robinson’s promise, Darden had a mother, grandmother and aunt who cared for him. He had the Boys and Girls Club to keep him away from trouble, and athletic talent that won him a football scholarship. He had the ability to graduate in three years. He used Robinson’s money to pay for a master’s degree in special education. Sadly, less than a third of his fifth grade classmates were able to claim their scholarships.