couple has been honored as Trucker Buddy drivers of the month
for June for their work with a fifth grade class at Branchville
School in Ridgefield, CT.
Bill Taylor and Robyn Provencher of Meriden, CT, have been praised
by parents for their "genuine thoughtfulness and attention"
to the class and added, "In a time when students need to
know that someone really cares and wants to share their time,
these folks really stand out."
Robyn are owner-operators hauling liquid gases for Logex, (Logistics
Express) based in Orange, CA. Last fall, Bill and Robyn's truck
was stolen and the students were devastated. Despite their loss,
teacher Betty Gray Brown said the couple's messages to the students
continued to be positive. She commented on how they maintained
their relationship throughout the ordeal, "Their attitude
is the key to our respect for them," Brown said.
who correspond with Bill and Robyn receive individual responses
to their letters. The couple does their best to make sure each
student is given individual attention, said Ellen Voie, Trucker
Buddy executive director. They sent letters to a student whose
mom was battling cancer, and picked up material from a museum
for a learning disabled student who was interested in the Civil
War. When Brown's daughter unexpectedly passed away, the couple
sent their condolences and a bouquet of flowers for the funeral.
and Robyn are very caring, they never forget us and they always
call and write us letters," wrote one student. "We are
very lucky to have them as our Trucker Buddies."
with Ms. Brown's class also has been very fulfilling for Bill
and Robyn. "It's been a good experience for both of us,"
said Bill. "We get as much out of it as the kids do."
Robyn are two of more than 4,400 drivers who correspond with more
than 4,600 classrooms. Currently, more than 180 teachers are waiting
for truckers to correspond with their students.
is a pen pal program that matches drivers with children in grades
two through eight. The program is supported solely by donations
from sponsors, such as Platinum level DCSTrucks.com, ProTrucker
magazine, and Transcore, Gold Level contributors; OOIDA, Delphi
and Midnight Cowboy Trucking Radio Network and Silver Level donors;
ArvinMeritor, J.J. Keller and Associates, Kenworth, TruckDriver.com,
Wal-Mart and TCA. For more information about the program, visit http://www.truckerbuddy.org or call 1-800-MY BUDDY (692-8339).