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Bradenton, Florida -- The Manatee County School District has announced a trust fund has been set up at Palmetto High School in Patrick Mullins' name.

Patrick Mullins made his mark on the community as a member of the Manatee school district for 31 years and as a teacher at Palmetto High School for the last nine years of his life.

Mullins' body was recovered in the Manatee River on Tuesday, Feb. 5 after he was reported missing on Jan. 27 after going out for a "quick spin".

Students remembered Mullins as always willing to help.

"He loved pushing us, making us better. I thank him for how much he cared for us," said Lee Blair, one of Mullins' media aides, during the community celebration of his life at Palmetto High.

During the celebration, Mullins friends' recalled a saying he lived by, "Start everyday on the right foot."

The school district says the purpose of the Patrick Mullins Trust Fund is to help pay registration fees for tests such as the ACT and SAT as well as other costs for needy students.

"Pat would frequently take care of these fees for PHS students, so it seems appropriate to continue doing this on his behalf," said Jill Mullins, Pat's wife, who serves as the Media Specialist at Lakewood Ranch High School.

Anyone interested in making a donation, should write "Pat Mullins Trust Fund" on the check's memo line and send it to the following address:

Palmetto High School
1200 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221
Attn: Maria Stoddard

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