Good News Friday: The entire lunch debt of a school is wiped out. A basketball player gets an awesome surprise from the Mom he hasn’t seen in five years. A baseball player builds an entire hospital in Haiti.

And a Happy Friday to you! It’s mid-March and I’m still in college hoops heaven, out at Barclays Center in Brooklyn covering the ACC Tournament this week (it’s Hanukkah in March for me, basically).

Lots of good news all over the place this week, but let’s start Good News Friday with another wonderful tale of a “lunch-shaming” coming to an end in one particular corner of the world.

I’ve written about this disgusting practice of “lunch-shaming,” before, where students whose parents have unpaid debt to the school are refused lunch in the school cafeteria or have their food thrown away when given to them.

Slowly, more and more schools are stopping this practice, and here’s a unique one: A charity run in the name of the late Philando Castile has erased the debt of every student in 56 Minneapolis-area schools, including the school Castile had worked at.

Castile, you may remember, was killed by police in 2016 at a traffic  stop, and as has been the case in so many of these police killings, the officer was acquitted.

But Castile, who worked as a cafeteria supervisor for J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in Saint Paul, often reached into his own pocket to help kids pay for school lunch, so the charity felt this would be a wonderful way to pay tribute to him.

The charity, called Philando Feeds The Children, gave a check for a little more than $35,000 to the St. Paul School District, making sure every child can eat lunch without a stigma.

“Philando is STILL reaching into his pocket, and helping a kid out. One by one,” the charity announced on the fund-raising site this week.

Very, very well done.

**Next up today, these kind of stories never fail to touch my heart. At the end of college basketball season schools always hold “Senior Night,” ceremonies,  to honor the departing players and giving them a chance to be celebrated one last time.

Sometimes, these ceremonies are a little more emotional. Check out this one from Florida State, where Braian Angola got an amazing surprise on Senior Night. His mother flew in from Villanueva, Colombia to watch him play his final home game.

Angola had left his native country to go to high school in the U.S., and having his mom at his final game understandably got him very emotional.

**Finally today, a great story of a baseball player doing good. Adam Wainwright, star pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, visited Haiti on a trip a few years ago and like so many who have been there, was shocked and moved by the poverty.

Unlike many others, though, Wainwright decided to do something about it: He helped build a new wing of an orphanage and then, a hospital.

One with 50 doctors, and state-of-the-art medical care and machines, that have made a huge, huge difference.

Just one man, moved to do good, who moved others to help do good. That can often be all it takes.


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