Philando Castile’s Mother Donates $8K For Indebted, Graduating HS Students
The mother of Philando Castile, an unarmed black man shot by police in summer 2016, is helping Robbinsdale Cooper High School graduating seniors clear owed monies accumulated throughout the school year(s) from unpaid lunch debt, plus.
While the New Hope, Minnesota school states that they have more than $300,000 in student lunch debt, Valerie Castile has helped chip away at it with a $8,000 donation; initiated via the Philando Castile Relief Foundation.
Additionally, she explains, “Our kids are the future leaders of our country and we need to take care of them in every way possible. 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. [Helping others] is the way to keep Philando alive, [because] it was something that he did, and he started. What I’m doing [are] things that my son felt in his heart, and that’s children, family and community I’m just doing whatever I can to bring a little relief into people’s lives, and everything I do revolves around my son and who he was.”
In addition to this effort, Valerie’s recently spoke out against the police murder of Australian-American woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk.