May 10, 2010
OOIDA Pledges Support for Trucker Buddy
of Directors has unanimously pledged to continue the support of Trucker Buddy
International. In it's bi-annual board meeting in April they have offered
financial resources as well as editorial assistance and advertising exposure
in Land Line Magazine. Additional help includes assisting in the distribution
of the Trucker Buddy Quarterly eMagazine to the OOIDA members. In return OOIDA
garners logo recognition on the Trucker Buddy website as well as advertising
and logo recognition the quarterly eMagazine.
"Having the support of OOIDA is important to us at Trucker Buddy since many of our Trucker Buddies are OOIDA members and their help has been critical to us. Many don't know but OOIDA also offers their members who are also Trucker Buddies merchandise to be given away during class visits which is a big hit with our young students and drivers as well", says Randy Schwartzenburg, Executive Director.
"It's great to continue being a part of this program since we know how much it means to our members who are involved," said Norita Taylor, OOIDA Media Spokesperson. "We hear great things almost daily from those members, expressing the tremendous benefit the program brings to them and to the schools who participate."
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 2-8 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 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. ACS a Xerox Company manages trucker Buddy Press releases.