a Trucker Buddy requires a commitment of time and energy to help educate
a class of grade school children. As a role model, it also demands a high
degree of integrity and professionalism. Each driver will go through a backgroud
check. All drivers in the Trucker Buddy program must agree to follow the
All communication must go through the teacher. Contact with a student without the teacher being present is NEVER allowed. The only exception is if the student has a prior relationship with the driver as in child, grandchild, nephew.....
RULES (DRIVERS AND TEACHERS)
1. All participants in the Trucker
Buddy program are volunteers. Drivers must hold a valid commercial driver's
2. Trucker Buddy cannot guarantee
the success of any pen pal match. Frequent and consistent correspondence
with an assigned class is essential. Drivers should write to their class
as often as possible for the entire school year (typically September through
May). Students, through the direction of their teachers should write to
the driver at least once a month. Failure to write on a consistent basis
may result in your teacher/driver requesting a new assignment.
3. Teachers are responsible
for managing all aspects of the students' involvement in the Trucker Buddy
program. All activities are done strictly with the permission and supervision
of the assigned teacher. All correspondence between a driver and students
in an assigned class is to be opened and reviewed by the assigned teacher
prior to distribution.
4. Any face-to-face meetings
between the assigned teacher, driver, and class are the sole responsibility
of the teacher, school district, and the driver. Trucker Buddy cannot, and
does not, take responsibility for, and shall be held harmless from, the
consequences of any unauthorized meetings or activities. Please read the
Guidelines for a Classroom Visit.
5. Drivers and teachers will
keep their class/driver assignment as long as they remain in the program
and do not request a change. Teachers and drivers must, however, file a
renewal form every year to remain in the Trucker Buddy program.
6. Drivers or teachers who experience
a lapse in regular correspondence should contact our office. Teachers should
remember that drivers are on the road for many days each month, and their
driving schedules may change. If there has been a disruption in the writing
pattern of your driver, it may simply be due to a route change.
7. Participants should immediately
notify the Trucker Buddy office and their respective class/driver if their
mailing/contact address changes.
8. Drivers and teachers in the
program will receive newsletters during each school year.
9. Class assignments are not
transferable. All drivers and teachers must apply through the Trucker Buddy
10. Abusive and offensive language
is not permitted, and any violation will result in immediate removal from
11. Final selection of class
location is the sole responsibility of Trucker Buddy and selection is based
on the availability of school assignments in the desired area.
12. Trucker Buddy classes are
between grades K-8. Exceptions will be made for special needs classes. Home
schooled groups will be accepted on a case by case basis.