Philando Castile is a name you should never forget. The hard-working school cafeteria supervisor was tragically killed in 2016 by Minnesota police. While he’s sorely missed by the many students he worked with on a daily basis, his actions and his courage leaves a legacy of selflessness and care.
To ensure that his legacy truly lives on, Pamela Fergus from YouCaring has decided to start a new campaign deemed “Philando Feeds the Children” in order to help eliminate school lunch debts at J.J. Hill Montessori (where Philando worked), as well as other schools.
The campaign, began on YouCaring by Pamela Fergus has surpassed the $10,000 goal and the funds will be used to support students at J.J. Hill Montessori and other schools. Fergus, a professor at Inver Hills Community College says Castille’s death changed who she is.
While Castile worked as the cafeteria supervisor he was known for providing lunch for students who were in need, often times out of his own pocket. “When a student couldn’t pay for their lunch, a lot of times (Castile) actually paid for their lunch out of his own pocket” says Stacy Koppen, Nutritional Services Director for St. Paul Public Schools.
Koppen also notes that there are some students who get free lunch however some are not eligible and if students do not have lunch money, the accounts can go into debt. School lunch can cost approximately $400 a year per student.
As Fergus continues to see amazing levels of donations with this campaign, efforts are being made to ensure that Castile’s legacy never dies. His mother Valerie notes that she will match the total with her own monetary donation. Philando Feeds The Children ensures he will be remembered for much more than his tragic death, but rather the passion and love he exhibited daily.
The ‘Philando Feeds The Children’ fundraising campaign surpassed initial goals and completely eradicating the debt of every student enrolled in the 56 schools of Minnesota’s St. Paul Public School district. Launching with hopes of raising $5000 to assist with school lunch funding, the passionate campaign drew in over six figures within the first 125 days.
Organizer Pam Fergus delivered a check for about $35,000 to the school district. The new goal is to grow the campaign, eventually assisting with lunch programs across the state, continuing Castille’s legacy of love and charity rather than his name trigger emotions stemming from the violent actions which caused his death.
“I don’t know how much it would take to help the whole state of Minnesota. There is no end goal. Basically, I want a million bucks in there” Fergus says to CNN.
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