First make sure you read the rules and guidelines. Then contact your assigned teacher and discuss their style of teaching and how they want you to communicate with the class. Many want their driver to write letters and post cards as well as using emails. They want the written communicatio because it incourages the students to write you back and imporve their writing skills. You and your teacher are a team so work together to accomplish the goal of encouraging kids and teaching them about the wonderful world of trucking.
Beginning the Trucker Buddy program is easy and pain free. Here are the steps to starting.
1. Once a match is made we will send you the teachers contact information. Contact them but be patient. They are busy with classroom activities and might be a few days before they can meet. The main goal is to be a teaching tool to help them make better students. Find out what their goal is and how you can help.
2. You can communicate with the teacher in many ways. Find what works best with your teacher and their class.
Pick up post cards along your route. It takes a few minutes to fill out a post card while you waiting to be unloaded or fulfilling your hours of service. One postcard can generate an instant geography, math, current events, science, social study lesson and it gives the students a subject to write you back.
Use our iPhone and Android App. It's free and allows you to send the teacher pictures with the location on a map. The class can also follow you around the country if you company will allow it.
Email is always a good option. Some schools have a very good spam protector so make sure the teacher has approved you.
Skype and Face Time works well at certain schools.
Other drivers do the above and add activities to the program like locating and sending rocks from the Rocky Mountains or cotton from the south. Some buy a stuffed animal and have it ride with them as the class mascot taking pictures along the way.
If you would like to talk to a current Trucker Buddy driver please let us know and we can give you contact information.
Ask if the school will allow you to bring your truck to the school at a future date. Some schools are located in a place where you can't get the truck and trailer in but probably could bob-tail into the school.