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Philando Castile’s mother gives thousands to ensure high school kids graduate

Philando Castile. (Photo courtesy of the Castile family).

Philando Castile’s mother continues to ensure that her son’s legacy lives on.

Valerie Castile presented a check to Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope, Minn. the same school where her son worked as a cafeteria supervisor before he was murdered near Minneapolis.

The $8K check was given to the school in order to clear lunch debts for seniors preparing to graduate and receive their diplomas from the school.

The matriarch said that paying unpaid lunch bills for students was something Philando did routinely. Therefore, Ms. Castile is continuing the altruistic act by helping economically-challenged kids clear debts so they can walk the stage on time.

“This is something that Philando held near and dear to his heart,” Valerie Castile told CBS Minnesota.

“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,” she added.

The funds were made available from the Philando Castile Relief Foundation. Valerie Castile founded the organization soon after her son Philando was gunned down by a police officer on Facebook Live in 2016. According to Castile, the nonprofit foundation was erected to aid victims of gun violence and police violence.

Ms. Valerie and the foundation previously donated $10,000 to the school.