FAQs - Teachers

Once I receive my driver assignment, how do I get started?

When you receive your driver assignment, have the students write a letter of introduction, describing the classroom, what subjects they are studying, and what questions about the driver they wish to ask. What type of truck does he/she drive? What types of loads does he/she haul?. What states have they visited? Get to know your driver and the pen-pal relationship will develop naturally. The students should write a letter at least once a month to their assigned driver.

Once I sign up what happens next?

If you don't have a particular driver in mind then we will place your class on our website (Grade, City, State, Special Needs Yes or No) and will inform you when a driver has selected your class for participation in the program.  You can check in with us from time to time at 1-800-MYBUDDY

What should the class write about?

Letters to the driver should help reenforce the lesson plans you taught that day especially if they related to a communication from the driver.

Have the students write about the subjects they will be studying. Write a personal letter to the driver to assist him/her in finding materials that would be helpful to your class. Help the driver choose topics and materials that are appropriate to the student's ages and academic level.

Do I have to renew each year?

Yes. We ask all drivers and teachers to renew for the new school year.  This gives up up to date contact information and let us know things are going well with the match.

What are the Trucker Buddy Office Hours and Contact Information?

Our driver/teacher liaison office is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 am through 5:00 p.m.. Note that all times are CST and located in Alabama.

Anna Myers  - 1-800-MYBUDDY - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Randy Schwartzenburg - 205-799-2733  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Once a driver is assigned to me what do I do next?

When the background check is completed we will send you an email with the contact information of the driver.  Contact the driver and discuss what your goals are and how the driver can help you. Have the students write a letter of introduction, describing the classroom, what subjects they are studying, and what questions about the driver they wish to ask. What type of truck does he/she drive? What types of loads does he/she haul?. What states have they visited? Get to know your driver and the pen-pal relationship will develop naturally. The students should write a letter at least once a month to their assigned driver.

Call or email us if you have any questions.

Can the driver visit the class with their truck?

Absolutely. If you wish to have your driver visit your classroom, you must obtain permission from your driver and his company (your driver will probably do this) and make arrangements according to your school's policy and Trucker Buddy Guidelines. Any face to face meetings between teacher, driver, and class, are the sole responsibility of the teacher, school district, and the driver. Trucker Buddy cannot, and does not, take responsibility for, and shall be held harmless from, the consequences of any such additional activities.

What if I don't hear from my driver?

Email or write a personal letter to the driver, then wait about a month for him/her to respond. Remember drivers are out on the road for many days out of the month, and their driving schedules may change. Trucker Buddy will assign you another driver if they don't respond.

Call or email us with any questions.

Do I have to renew each year?

Yes we ask all drivers and teachers to renew. This allows us to keep our records updated and let's us know that your match is working.  It's easy to do. Renew Here

Are there any dues or required fees for being in the program?

No. Trucker Buddy is funded through the generous contributions of our sponsors. If you would like to donate to Trucker Buddy CLICK HERE

Bill was the best Trucker Buddy in the world! He was always in touch with us. He visited us and we went to see his truck. We went inside. I even got to do the AIR HORN! He was fun to be with the whole year.

~Brett

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