With the new fund named after Castile a side of him is revealed showing how much of a good man he was to his community.
Huffington Post reports a new fund named after Philando Castile will help continue to pay for students lunches as he would do periodically when he was alive.
“When a student couldn’t pay for their lunch, a lot of times [Castile] actually paid for their lunch out of his own pocket,” Stacy Koppen, nutritional services director for St. Paul Public Schools, told WCCO.
Back in 2016, Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop that made national headlines. Before this, he was a nutrition services supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was adored by many students. The fund, “Philando Feeds The Children,” raises money for students who can’t afford school lunches and don’t qualify for free meals.
Castile’s mother, Valerie, has agreed to match the final total, according to the fundraiser page.
“She said, ‘The only thing I want for my son is for people to remember him with honor and dignity,’” Inver Hills Community College professor Pam Fergus said. Fergus pitched the ideal of the fundraiser on YouCare.com.
Castile left behind 395 students, many deeply affected by his death. He was seen giving students high-fives, encouraging students to excel in their studies and act as a big brother to his diverse student body.
It is sad to know that Castile who was a pilar in his community and was taken away by the hands of a reckless police officer. His counterparts will make sure his legacy and his work will continue to touch each student in St. Paul.
Source: Huffington Post