I found this article over at LandLineMag.com. If your not a member of the Trucker Buddy program, now would be a good time to start. Trucker Buddy is a penpal program that matches up truck drivers with school class rooms. It gives the students a look at the world through the eyes of the drivers. They use the drivers letters to study reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies, and history. This also helps to improve the image of the "truck driver". The driver gets a little companionship while out on the road.
Since I'm probably not helping the cause by writing this in my own words, check out the brochure. You can get it here (PDF).
Trucker Buddy drivers needed
The Trucker Buddy program needs a few good men and women, quite a few in fact. Since 1992, Trucker Buddy has been matching truckers with classrooms in schools across the country.
“We’re seeing an amazing level of growth in terms of teachers interested in this program – the number has at least doubled, if not tripled, in a matter of weeks. And that’s a great opportunity for trucking,” said Mark Reddig, Trucker Buddy board member and host of OOIDA’s Sirius XM satellite radio show, Land Line Now.
“This program is absolutely key to improving the image of truck drivers with the general public. Getting to kids at an early age with a positive image of truckers – and getting that same message across to their parents – not only helps us now, it will help us make this a better world for truckers 20 years down the road.”
Teachers use the program as an educational tool, often tracking their trucker’s travels on a map. Reddig reports a number of teachers signed-up this fall, and now they need about a hundred truckers to do the same.
“And it’s a great way for the kids themselves to learn a whole variety of subjects while having some fun,” said Reddig. “The folks already taking part in Trucker Buddy have proven this over and over. I would really strongly encourage folks to join that effort and help us expand the good work to even more schoolchildren.”
Trucker Buddy International has helped educate more than a million schoolchildren by introducing them to professional truck drivers. The ongoing success of the program is due to driver volunteers, participating teachers, and the contributions of sponsors, including OOIDA. There is no cost to the drivers or teachers to participate in the program.
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Edit: 01/21/10 7:59 PM
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