Trucker Buddy receives big boost from $100,000 donation

| Monday, May 02, 2005

Thanks to a sizeable donation to the Trucker Buddy program, more elementary and middle school-aged children will have the chance to learn from professional drivers out on the road.

Trucker Buddy, a non-profit organization that helps educate students in geography, math and English by pairing them with truck-driving pen pals, received a $100,000 donation from J.J. Keller and Associates. The company provides products and solutions for safety and compliance issues in the transportation industry.

Each week, nearly 4,000 drivers share news and their experiences from the road with classrooms across the country.

The gift, which is the largest single donation the program has ever received, will go toward pairing more drivers with more classes, developing new curriculum and publishing a book, “Big Rigs, Bigger Hearts.”

“Not only will children learn to appreciate the importance of the trucking industry as they study math, geography and letter writing,” Trucker Buddy Executive Director Ellen Voie said, “but they will also discover that professional drivers are big-hearted, caring men and women.”

For more information on becoming a part of the Trucker Buddy program, visit their Web site at www.truckerbuddy.org, or dial 1-800-MY-BUDDY.

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