FAQs - All FAQs

What do I do if I don't hear back from my class or they stop writing me?

We recommend that you write a personal letter or email to the teacher, then wait for a response. If your class is not responding then contact us and we will help find the reason and and locate another class if we can't resolve the problem. 

Teachers are busy especially at certain times of the year so be patient with them.

Do I have to renew each year?

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.

Are there any required dues or fees to join Trucker Buddy?

No. Trucker Buddy is funded through the generous contributions of our sponsors and individuals. Trucker Buddy drivers give their time which is their greatest contribution.

If you would like to make a personal tax deductable donation go to the following link Donation.

What is the appropriate language to be used around our students?

All foul language, questionable jokes, and racial, political, or religious remarks are unacceptable. Teachers review all letters to and from the children prior to distribution, so use good judgment and common sense. Remember, children are impressionable and aren't accustomed to adult language or conversation. If you think for a moment it may not be appropriate, don't write it.

Can I use games and contests to inspire the class?

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.

May I take a student for a ride in my truck?

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.  

Do I have to renew each year?

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.

Where can I buy merchandise for my class?

 Click here to visit the Trucker Buddy Store

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

Can I choose to have more than one class?

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.

What are the Trucker Buddy Office Hours and Contact Information?

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.

Anna Myers  - 1-800-MYBUDDY - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Randy Schwartzenburg - 205-799-2733  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

“This program reaches way beyond a pen and paper,” said Fred Sweetwood, a long time Trucker Buddy and driver for over 40 years. “It paints the Rockies, the bitter cold of North Dakota and the devastation of Oklahoma City and Katrina. It brings America to the classroom through the eyes of a truck driver.”

~ Fred Sweetwood

 

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