TRURO - After sponsoring a school’s student of the month program for 23 years, a community figure is retiring and heading back to his hometown.
Mike Belliveau made the student of the month program at North Colchester High School possible by sponsoring it since its inception. Belliveau recently retired from managing Foodland in Tatamagouche and through the business he supported many initiatives in the community, including sponsoring the student of the month.
“He was a big part of the school’s history,” said Tom Thompson, principal of NCHS.
Belliveau was recently honoured at the school when he made his last student of the month presentation. At the assembly, when Thompson asked the Grade 7 to 12 students how many of them knew Belliveau outside of the school or through the student of the month program, at least 50 students raised their hand.
“We really appreciated the opportunity to honour him,” Thompson said of the well known and respected Belliveau.
The award has been around now for a generation, and some of the parents at the ceremony had received the award when they were in school, he said.
“Their kids now received it, too.”
Each month a student is chosen for their outstanding work at the school. Belliveau made the program possible by contributing the T-shirt, plaque and $10 donation to a charity of the student’s choice every month for the last 23 years.
Belliveau will make his final appearance with the school in June at the graduation ceremony, where he will present the student of the year award, Thompson said.
“We’re proud of our association with him.”
Now that Belliveau has retired, he will return to his hometown of Weymouth. The sponsorship of the student of the month will be taken over by Tri-County Ford.