LEWISTON — Lewiston Middle School will host New England Sports Network broadcaster and Lewiston High School graduate Tom Caron as this year’s START star at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at 75 Central Ave.

“We are so excited Tom can join us as we celebrate Project START’s 10-year anniversary,” said Billie Jo Brito, school aspirations coordinator, in a written statement.

“Tom is one of our hometown heroes,” she said. “We are so fortunate to have him speak to our students and community about his journey, especially as we celebrate National Mentoring Month.”

Caron is a NESN broadcaster for the Boston Red Sox, Hockey East and the Beanpot. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1982 and from St. Michael’s College in Vermont.

He’s unquestionably a fan favorite, having been named “Favorite Local TV Sports Personality” for the past three years. His accomplishments include being a three-time New England Emmy winner and a member of the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame. He was recently named to the board of governors for the Mass Mentoring Partnership, according to Brito’s statement.

The community is invited to attend.

Project START, Steps To Real-Life Transitions, is a unique middle school aspiration’s initiative, initially funded by Peter Geiger and the Lewiston Education Fund.

The goal is to motivate eighth-graders so they start high school with enough dreams and goals so they graduate. For the past 10 years, START has invited speakers to talk to students about hard work, getting involved in work and the community, and to achieve success by not giving up.

To learn more about this program or this event, contact Brito at 207-795-4180 or via email at [email protected].

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