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."
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and TCA. For more information about the program, visit http://www.truckerbuddy.org or call 1-800-MY BUDDY (692-8339).