CBS' The Early Show to feature Trucker Buddy class

| 6/5/2002

The lights will be shining brightly on the Trucker Buddy program and two of its participating truckdrivers Thursday morning as CBS' "The Early Show" plans to air a recent class visit Thursday at 8:15 a.m. EST.

An Illinois couple honored last month as Trucker Buddy drivers of the month for their work with teacher Tracy Gajdos' second and third grade school classrooms at Lincoln Prairie Elementary in Hoffman Estates, IL, will be featured.

The CBS team flew to Chicago to film Ms. Gajdos' as they welcomed their Trucker Buddy drivers, Tom and Sandy Peters of Oswego, IL. The Peters' are company drivers with Prager Trucking in Naperville, IL, an agent for North American Van Lines.

The Peters were presented with their awards from Annamarie Schoolcraft of TMI-MultiMedia, giving them a check for $500 to be spent on the class and two embroidered jackets. Each student was also given a North American Van Lines miniature truck and stuffed teddy bear by Jim Puscheck, Prager Trucking operations manager, who accompanied them to the school.

For the past seven years, the Peters have been corresponding with Ms. Gajdos' classes. "The match I received back in 1995 turned out to be the start of a strong partnership that has also blossomed into a wonderful friendship," teacher Tracy Gajdos wrote in her letter to nominate the Peters. "Tom and Sandy care so much for all the children in my classroom. Each year they do more and more to get the kids involved in reading, writing, researching and geography."

Trucker Buddy is supported solely by donations from sponsors, such as Platinum level, ProTrucker magazine, TMI-MultiMedia and Transcore, Gold Level contributors; OOIDA, Delphi and Midnight Cowboy Trucking Radio Network and Silver Level donors; ArvinMeritor, J.J. Keller and Associates, Kenworth,, Wal-Mart and TCA. For more information about the program, visit or call 1-800-MY BUDDY (692-8339).