“Will” Harrison has been selected as September Trucker Buddy of
teacher Mary Gust nominated Harrison for the honor because he has
“made a significant impact on several hundred fifth graders” since
Will serves as a positive role model of an intelligent mind, a love
of education, an excellent writer and communicator,” she said. “An
adult with a strong work ethic.”
learn and enjoy” is the way Harrison signs each letter to his class
in Naples, FL. For the past five years, Harrison has corresponded
with the students in Gust’s fifth-grade classes.
is one of the students at New Beginnings School, and she thinks
Harrison is “probably the best Trucker Buddy in the world.” Olivia
and her classmates were able to climb inside Harrison’s Kenworth
truck, which he drives for Stevens Transport in Dallas, TX. They
were excited to be able to pet his dog, Taffy, who accompanies him
when he is away from his home in Dunedin, FL.
thinks Harrison is a wonderful inspiration for the students and
is impressed with his dedication to the students.
and nearly 4,000 professional drivers share their time with elementary
classes throughout the world. The only criteria to be a Trucker
Buddy is to be a professional driver, willing to send a post card
each week to a class in grades two through eight. Drivers can apply
on line at www.truckerbuddy.org or by calling 1-800-MY BUDDY. There
are now more than 90 classes waiting for a Trucker Buddy for this
will receive a personalized jacket, a check for $300 to spend on
the class and $200 in Trucker Buddy merchandise, compliments of
TMI-MultiMedia, an advertising agency and sponsor of the program.
He will be given a copy of “For the Long Haul” by Donde Publishing
and an Accident Photo Pak to carry in his truck. The class will
receive a CrossCountry USA game from Ingenuity Works (www.ingenuityworks.com),
which will help them learn more about how trucks move freight across
Buddy is dependent on corporate sponsors such as OOIDA and TMI-MultiMedia
to fund the program. Other sponsors MANCOMM, Transcore, ProTrucker & Over the Road magazines, American Graphics Group, Delphi,
Kenworth, Midnight Trucking Radio, Truckin’ Bozo, Mike Ryan Motorsports,
TruckDriver.com, Wal-Mart, ArvinMeritor, Detroit Diesel, OTR-Canada
interested in being a Trucker Buddy should call Trucker Buddy International
at 1-800-MY BUDDY (1-800-692-8339), or visit the Web site at www.truckerbuddy.org.