Valerie Castile stood in front of dozens of elementary students at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet in St. Paul on Friday and asked how many of them remembered “Mr. Phil.”
Every one of them raised their hands.
The mother of Philando Castile was at the school on behalf of family and friends to recognize the continuing success of a fundraising project to pay off school lunch debts.
The school lunch project has raised $72,000 — $10,000 of which went to J.J. Hill Montessori to eliminate the students’ entire lunch debt. The rest of the donations will significantly reduce other student lunch debts across the St. Paul district.
The donation took place in the lunchroom where students got to know Castile, who had a passion for making sure the students had healthy meals. Valerie Castile told the kids he never missed a day of work.
“You met him and realized that he was such a nice person,” …