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.
In general, yes, but check with your assigned teacher first. Try contests or games that are geographical, historical, or mathematical in nature. Keep in mind the age of the children. Challenge your class but with problems that are geared toward their grade level.
Absolutely not. All activities, including school visits and tours of your truck require prior permission from your assigned teacher and school and any violation is grounds for removal from the Trucker Buddy program. Almost all carriers prohibit riders and for safety reasons, truck trips are prohibited at any time.
You may be allowed to let them see the inside of your tractor but never go into the cab alone with a student.
Yes. We ask all drivers and teachers to renew for the new school year. This gives up up to date contact information and let us know things are going well with the match.
If you are an OOIDA member they will send some items to your class as part of being an OOIDA member. Just call them and ask for Niki Johnson. 1-800-444-5791
Drivers who have been in the Trucker Buddy program for at least one year may request up to two additional classes. We have found that three classes is the maximum number even the most conscientious driver can handle.
Our driver/teacher liaison office is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 am through 5:00 p.m.. Note that all times are CST and located in Alabama.
Talk to your teacher, find out what the kids are studying and when, and what would be appropriate. If the class is studying the Rocky Mountains, pick up a pamphlet from the National Park Service. Some send pictures and post cards. Use your imagination!
Yes, you can be matched with Boy and Girl Scouts as well as Boy and Girls Clubs. We want all students to be part of the program but would ask that you call us if you want an exception to this rule.
If for any reason you are uncomfortable with any letter, contact your assigned teacher to discuss it or call the Trucker Buddy office. Sometimes students want to contact you individually and this strictly prohibited. This is a protection for the students and you too.