A kind gesture from the late school supervisor's mother.
Very positive and good news today. The mother of Philando Castile, an unarmed black man who was shot by the police in the summer of 2016, has donated a total of $8K for graduating seniors attending Robbinsdale Cooper High. The check was sent out to help families clear owing school debt accumulated throughout the school year(s) from unpaid lunch. The $8K order was sent out on behalf of Valerie Castile and initiated via the Philando Castile relief foundation.
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Moreover, the Star Tribune reports the following comment from Valerie Castile: "Most families live paycheck to paycheck, and the last thing they need to be worrying about is how can I pay this debt at the end of the year. Our kids are the future leaders of our country and we need to take care of them in every way possible." Thus far, Robbinsdale Area Schools have more than $300K dollars in student lunch debt, according to Robbinsdale Cooper's principal, Frank Herman.
The generous action seems to be more personal than random as Philando Castile was a beloved cafeteria supervisor prior to his death. Precisely, Philando often paid for the lunch of students when he was alive. Hence the foundation's dedication to helping students seems fitting.