Trucker Buddy International, a nonprofit organization some say is the number one trucking image campaign in North America having helped educate schoolchildren and introduce educators to the trucking industry, along with PeopleNet Communications, has ensured that 25 classes have been granted $500 each for school supplies and equipment needs.
The Trucker Buddy program helps to educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in grades K-8 as supervised by their teachers.
After an extensive screening process, the professional truck drivers are matched with a class and as directed by the teacher, drivers share news about their travels with their class. Students write letters and send pictures to their drivers. Students’ skills in reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies, and history are enhanced and learning is made fun.
The School Supply Grant Program requires teachers complete an application to qualify for grant consideration. Schools with funding needs and creative proposals played a major part in the selection process. Open to only current Trucker Buddies and their Trucker Buddy classes, some teachers use the grant application for class projects to enable students to be involved in the process. This became not only a request for funds but also a learning experience for the students.
“PeopleNet is excited to be part of this scholarship program,” said PeopleNet VP of Sales for North America John Krumheuer. “We are a strong supporter of education, and these grants will help deserving students pursue advanced education and careers in transportation.”
“Trucker Buddy, with the funding from PeopleNet is thrilled to offer these grants to these deserving schools. Many teachers and drivers donate not only their time but also their own funds to help their classrooms so this is a great opportunity to help their community,” said Alan Welborn, Executive Director.