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‘Roadrocker’ gets involved in students’ education
Rod “Roadrocker” Duncan was selected to be the September ACS Multi-Media Trucker Buddy Driver of the Month for going above and beyond in furthering the education of the third-grade students in Teresa Pellett’s classroom at Robert Frost Elementary School in Kirkland, WA.
“We have the best Trucker Buddy possible!” said Pellett in her nomination from the 2005-06 school year, noting that Duncan is worthy of a Driver of the Year award for his exemplary volunteer work as a Trucker Buddy.
Duncan, a company driver from Venice, FL, uses his correspondence to provide math and geography lessons based on his job with Crete Carrier Corp. Math problems are created out of the items he delivers, and geography lessons are made fun by following his travels around the U.S.
To further engage the students, Duncan has a mascot—Cat in the Hat.
“Cat in the Hat writes letters to the class as well. His creativity is amazing!” Pellett explained. “The cool thing about those letters is that they’re all in rhyme. We have a section of one wall dedicated to his postcards from all the different states, as well as a binder full of letters!”
“Our Trucker Buddy rocks!” wrote student Emma. Alex, another student who noted the 56 postcards the class received from Key West, the Grand Canyon, the Seven-Mile Bridge and Texas, said, “The best thing our Trucker Buddy ever did was come to our school let us see his truck. It was amazing.”
To Duncan, who sends postcards twice a week and e-mails as well, his endeavors pay off more for him. “Everything I think about during the day is what I am doing for the kids and what can they learn from it,” he said.
Each Trucker Buddy Driver of the Month receives a personalized jacket, along with a check for $300 to spend on the class and $200 in Trucker Buddy merchandise, compliments of ACS MultiMedia Advertising.
Duncan is among some 3,500 other professional drivers who share their time with elementary classes throughout the world. Drivers and teachers can find out more about the program by visiting www.truckerbuddy.org or calling 1-800-MY BUDDY.
Trucker Buddy Rod “Roadrocker” Duncan uses a Cat in the Hat mascot to engage the students.