member Nancy Fisher has been named Trucker Buddy of the Month.
Buddy is a program that matches drivers with elementary school classes.
The drivers correspond with students about their travels on a regular
basis as part of an effort to aid students in learning geography,
history, math and other subjects through the trucker’s experiences.
Roughly 4,000 drivers take part in the program, helping more than
4,400 elementary classes throughout the world.
a company driver for Wiseway Motor Freight, which is located in
her hometown of Hudson, WI, corresponds with a K-5 special education
class in Swanton, OH. She has been corresponding with Annette Sack’s
Fulton Elementary School class for four years.
has gone up and beyond what I anticipated a Trucker Buddy to do
for my students,” Sack said in a statement.
sends more than 100 postcards during the school year, and she takes
the time to respond to each student’s questions. One of the bright
spots in the relationship is when Fisher brings her dog, Harley,
and her truck to the school so the children can meet them in person
and check out her rig.
deserves this award,” according to student Travis. “She is so nice
and she cares about us.”
student, Charlie, nominated Fisher by writing “She is very nice,”
on a sheet of paper, repeating the word very more than three dozen
times for emphasis.
will receive a personalized jacket, along with a check for $300
to spend on the class and $200 in Trucker Buddy merchandise, compliments
of TMI-MultiMedia. She will be given a copy of “For the Long Haul”
by Donde Publishing, as well as an Accident Photo Pak to carry in
class will receive a CrossCountry USA game from Ingenuity Works,
which will help them learn more about how trucks move freight across
only criteria to be a Trucker Buddy is to be a professional driver
willing to send a postcard each week to an elementary class. Drivers
can apply online at www.truckerbuddy.org or by calling 1-800-MY BUDDY.
Buddy depends on corporate sponsors such as TMI-MultiMedia to fund
contributors include: platinum level sponsors DCSTrucks.com, ManComm,
Transcore, ProTrucker and Over the Road magazines;
gold level sponsors American Graphics Group, Delphi, Kenworth, Midnight
Trucking Radio Network, OOIDA, Truckin’ Bozo, Mike Ryan Motorsports,
TruckDriver.com and Wal-Mart; and silver level sponsors ArvinMeritor,
Detroit Diesel, OTR-Canada and TruckFLIX.com.