OTTAWA COUNTY, MI — Head custodian Dough Veldhuis has received the Top Hat Award from the Ottawa County Mentoring Collaborative for his work with students in the Zeeland Public Schools district, according to the Holland Sentinel.
According to the story, Veldhuis has been involved with the mentoring program officially for the past five years, but has dedicated much time to working with students throughout his 23 years at Zeeland''s Creekside Middle School.
Mary Beth Timmer, community and careers involvement coordinator at Zeeland schools who helped launch the mentorship program, said: "Doug is such a neat guy. He looks at students and he doesn''t see what some people see in a student. He sees the possibility of these students."
Veldhuis, a musician, has connected with many students by teaching them guitar, but will also just take the time to talk to students and listen to their problems, the story stated.
Veldhuis is one of only two Zeeland staffers that are involved with the mentorship program, which is currently 39-mentors strong, the story added.