RICHLAND, Mich. – More than $3,000 of lunch debt at Gull Lake High School has been paid off by the Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation, clearing 587 students’ negative balances.
The non-profit organization was created in 2017 in remembrance of Wayne State University Police Sgt. Collin Rose, who was killed on duty Nov. 23, 2016. He was 29. Rose graduated from Gull Lake High School in 2006.
“We’re honored to give back to the community in his name,” said foundation president Chris Powell, Rose’s best friend and training officer at WSUPD. “We hope this donation helps rectify the situation and clear the debt of all these families so their children can eat warm meals and concentrate on their studies.”
According to Wayne State University, 19% of the district’s 3,086 students had a lunch balance as of mid-October. The foundation donated $3,501.28, overpaying the school’s negative lunch balance of $3,418.02.
“I expected to hear a number that was going to be in the hundreds of dollars, not in the thousands,” Powell said. “We couldn’t believe that nearly 20% of the school district had an outstanding lunch balance. We felt good about giving everybody a clean slate. It’s fun and rewarding to do this.”
The foundation’s donation pays homage to Rose’s badge number of 128, according to WSU.
The foundation’s board of directors unanimously decided to donate some of the money raised during this year’s annual Collin Rose 2K9 Memorial Run to pay the school’s lunch debt on Oct. 22.
“We are happy the foundation has chosen to do this in Collin’s honor,” said Karen Rose, Collin’s mother. “Collin would lobe buying hundreds of lunches for kids just as much as he enjoyed helping those on the streets of Detroit."
Collin’s parents, Karen and Randy, will be at a presentation ceremony at Gull Lake High School on Friday at 1 p.m.