Have you heard of Trucker Buddy?
Trucker Buddy International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization started in 1992 and dedicated to helping educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in grades K-8. Trucker Buddy matches classes of students with professional truck drivers. Every week drivers share news about their travels with their class. Once a month, students write letters to their drivers. Students’ skills in reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies, and history are enhanced and learning is fun.
Here’s what 3rd grade teacher Barbara Fuller has to say about Trucker Buddy.
The kids write an individual letter to Trucker George, and he responds with postcards to each of them. They have asked him all sorts of questions such as, what is the longest trip he’s ever driven? What happens if he gets sick on a trip? How much does he make? What’s his favorite color, movie, genre of book, has he ever had kids, does he have pets. You name it, they’ve probably asked it. He is very careful to respond to their questions. He also gives us his route and describes what he’s carrying. The kids are learning all about how goods are distributed around the country. It’s a great enhancement to learning!
I am thrilled to learn that this program exists and that postcards are used. What an excellent way to bring learning to life! Plus foster intergenerational relationships! And for the truckers, being a correspondent must infuse meaning and purpose to a job that is pretty solitary.
Viva Trucker Buddy!