Wicker, an OOIDA member from Jacksonville, NC, has been named Trucker
Buddy of the Month for July.
petition nominating Wicker for the honor included parent’s signatures.
Above the names was the declaration that Wicker, or “Bam Bam,” as
the class calls him, “deserves recognition for enriching the lives
of our children, par excellence.”
is an owner-operator, leased to CRST, and he brings his Freightliner
to Ms. Lanae Breger’s kindergarten students at Del Prago Elementary
in Boca Raton, FL. Breger gives Wicker an “A+” for being a positive
role model for both the trucking industry and as a Trucker Buddy.
has exceeded all [our] expectations,” she said. Wicker takes his
responsibility seriously and helped establish educational objectives
for the school year. “Bret responded to each of the children’s questions
and always provided in-depth, factual information.” She added that
his letters were “written as though the children were his younger
brothers and sisters.”
sentiment is echoed by her students. “I just wanted to tell you
that Bam Bam was a great Trucker Buddy [and] it was excellent having
him in our class,” one student, named Ben, wrote in a letter. “We
were able to show him how smart we are.”
efforts in helping these children learn geography, social studies,
math and writing earned him the honor. Wicker joined the program
last December and has already made an impact on his class. He is
one of 4,000 drivers who share their time with more than 4,400 elementary
classes throughout the world.
will receive a personalized jacket, a check for $300 to spend on
his class and $200 in Trucker Buddy merchandise, compliments of
TMI-MultiMedia, an advertising agency. He will be given a copy of
“For the Long Haul” by Donde Publishing as well as an Accident Photo
Pak to carry in his truck. The class will receive a CrossCountry
USA game from Ingenuity Works, which will help them learn more about
how trucks move freight across the nation.
Buddy is dependent on corporate sponsors such as TMI-MultiMedia
to fund the program.
contributors include platinum sponsors DCSTrucks.com, ManComm, Transcore,
and ProTrucker and Over the Road magazines; gold sponsors
American Graphics Group, Delphi, Kenworth, Midnight Trucking Radio,
OOIDA, Truckin’ Bozo, Mike Ryan Motorsports, TruckDriver.com and
Wal-Mart; and silver sponsors ArvinMeritor, Detroit Diesel and OTR-Canada.
only criteria to be a Trucker Buddy is to be a professional driver
willing to send a post card each week to an elementary class. Drivers
can apply on line at www.truckerbuddy.org or by calling 1-800-MY BUDDY.
or individuals interested in being sponsors can contact Ellen Voie
at Trucker Buddy International at 1-800-MY BUDDY.