Once a driver is assigned to you, 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.
Once you have corresponded with the driver, please contact us to let us know whether or not, after talking, you both agree to be paired and move forward with the program.
The final step will be to run a background check on the driver. It is our policy to run all background checks once drivers and teachers are in mutual agreement to be placed together.
*Please note, you and the driver will not officially be a member of the Trucker Buddy program until a background check is completed on the driver.
Call 1-800-MYBUDDY or email Info@TruckerBuddy.org if you have any questions.
When the background check is complete we will send you an email. When you get the green light, follow up with your driver to coordinate efforts. A good starting point inside the classroom is to ask your students to write a letter of introduction, describing the classroom, what subjects they are studying, and what questions about the driver they wish to ask.
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.
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.
Letters to the driver should help reinforce the lesson plans you taught that day especially if they related to 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.
Yes. We ask all drivers and teachers to renew for each new school year. This allows us to keep our records updated and let's us know that your match is working. It's easy to do.
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.
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.
No. Trucker Buddy is funded through the generous contributions of our sponsors. If you would like to donate to Trucker Buddy CLICK HERE.
No. Students are not allowed to ride in the driver's truck unless they are family-related. Almost all carriers prohibit strangers from riding in their trucks. All activities outside the writing of letters/emails including school visits and tours with the driver without your express permission are prohibited. For safety reasons, truck trips are strictly prohibited.
Trucker Buddy does not determine the religious or ethnic background of any participant.
Our driver/teacher liaison office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. *Note that all times are CST. The office is located in Alabama.
Phone: 1-800-MYBUDDY I 1-800- 692-8339