On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was shot and killed by a St. Anthony police officer. Before he died, Philando was a beloved cafeteria supervisor at a St. Paul Montessori school. Recently, his family carried on his legacy by providing a donation that will pay for the outstanding lunch bills for students at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, a local St. Paul High School. According to Carlton Jenkins, the superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools, unpaid lunch bills are now six figures in his district. “The unpaid bills are over $300,000 now in our district and we also see this through the state,” said Carlton Jenkins, superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools.
In response to this crisis, Philando’s mother, Valerie Castile, and her foundation, the Philando Castile Relief Foundation, have stepped in, donating $8,000 to the high school in her son's honor to clear the lunch debts of all senior students.
When Ms. Castile presented the check, she says it’s something her son would want because it’s something he did for students as a cafeteria supervisor at a St. Paul school. “He’d pay for children’s lunch meals out of his own pocket instead of letting a child go hungry that day he would pay for it himself,” Castile said.
To donate, visit the Philando Castile Foundation website. More news updates to come on Valerie Castile and her foundation.