Trucker Buddy Receives Gift from Pilot Flying J

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Further Classroom Outreach


Birmingham, Alabama- 11/2/18 – Trucker Buddy International today announced an impactful gift from Pilot Flying J to support its mission to educate students around the nation about the value of the Trucking Industry. The donation was awarded as part of Pilot Flying J’s $2 million commitment to giving back in celebration of its 60th anniversary this month.

“Pilot Flying J has long been a valued supporter of the Trucker Buddy mission, but this year’s gift goes above and beyond” said Alan Welborn, Executive Director of Trucker Buddy International.

Trucker Buddy International pairs over the road truck drivers with elementary school classrooms as pen pals. These pen pal relationships allow the driver, through communication only with the elementary school teachers, to educate the students about the importance of the trucking industry. The teacher is able to use various details about the driver’s travels to teach math, history, reading, and writing. This gift from Pilot Flying J will allow Trucker Buddy to further its mission and pair more drivers with classrooms than ever.

“A spirit of community and philanthropy was instilled in our company’s culture from the beginning,” said Meg Counts, community relations and events manager of Pilot Flying J. “To celebrate and thank our guests and team members for 60 years in business, we wanted to give back to the communities and people we serve. We are proud to partner with Trucker Buddy International in support of their mission and programs to help our communities thrive. Together, we are truly able to fuel life’s journeys.”  

Pilot Flying J’s giving is focused on fueling those who serve by supporting military heroes and their families, and helping communities across the country improve the quality of life for people at home and on the road. To learn more about Pilot Flying J’s 60th anniversary giving, visit www.pilotflyingj.com/giving-back.

About Trucker Buddy International
Trucker Buddy International, an independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, often called the number one trucking image campaign in North America, has helped educate schoolchildren and introduce educators to the trucking industry. This gives them the world through the eyes of a professional truck driver. The Trucker Buddy program helps to educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in grades K-8 as supervised by their teachers.

After an extensive screening process, the professional truck drivers are matched with a class and as directed by the teacher, drivers share news about their travels with their class. Students write letters and send pictures to their drivers. Students' skills in reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies, and history are enhanced and learning is made fun.

Since 1992, Trucker Buddy International has helped educate over a million schoolchildren and introduced them to caring, compassionate men and women, professional truck drivers. The on-going success of the program is due to driver volunteers, participating teachers and the contributions of sponsors. There is no cost to the drivers or teachers to participate in the program. The Trucker Buddy program is funded entirely by sponsorships and donations.

About Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, is committed to connecting people and places with comfort, care and a smile at every stop. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has more than 750 retail locations in 44 states, Roadside assistance available at over 135 locations nationwide and growing as part of its Truck Care program, 44 Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centers, and 34 Boss Shops. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 72,000 parking spaces for trucks with Prime Parking at more than 400 locations, 5,200 deluxe showers and more than 6,200 diesel lanes with 5,200 offering Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) at the pump. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 15 on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies. Visit www.pilotflyingj.com/ for more information.


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This letter is to thank you for an absolutely wonderful experience. Trucker Don is the best pen pal we could have asked for. The children learned map skills, directions, can identify some of the states, and letter writing skills.

~Elyse

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