For a second year in a row, the Philando Feeds the Children charity has paid off all St. Paul, Minnesota, public school students’ outstanding lunch debts.
The school district confirms that Pamela Fergus, who runs the fundraiser, has dropped off a $35,000 check at the school district, "enough to clear the debt of nearly 1,800 students," the Minnesota Star Tribune reports. More donations are expected, the paper says.
Castile, who was a school nutrition supervisor at a St. Paul public school, was beloved by the students at his school. He didn't just work in the cafeteria; he tutored and mentored students as well, as Minnesota Public Radio reported. He knew every student's name.
The fund was started in the memory of St. Paul school worker Philando Castile, who was killed during a 2016 traffic stop by former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez. Castile’s fiancé and her small child sat with him in the car. Yanez was acquitted of second-dgree manslaughter charges in June 2017. Philando Castile was sacrificed by the state, and his memory continues to do more for the children in his state than the law enforcement apparatus that stole him away from his community.
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