Trucker Buddy of the Month named for September

| Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Kenneth “Will” Harrison has been selected as September Trucker Buddy of the Month.

 Fifth-grade teacher Mary Gust nominated Harrison for the honor because he has “made a significant impact on several hundred fifth graders” since 1998.

“Trucker 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.”

 “Read, 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.

Olivia 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.

Gust thinks Harrison is a wonderful inspiration for the students and is impressed with his dedication to the students.

Harrison 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 or by calling 1-800-MY BUDDY. There are now more than 90 classes waiting for a Trucker Buddy for this school year.

Harrison 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 (, which will help them learn more about how trucks move freight across the nation.

Trucker 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,, Wal-Mart, ArvinMeritor, Detroit Diesel, OTR-Canada and

Drivers 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