Trucker Buddy News
Have 'Gladdy,' Will Travel
“Gladdy” the Gladstone Bear loves to travel, and so the students
in Nancy Mead’s third-grade class sent him on an exciting trip with their
Trucker Buddy driver, Gloria Hellard. Gloria (who accompanies her husband, Dan,
a company driver for Marten Transport) took Gladdy with her as they traveled.
Gladdy (with the help of Gloria) sent the students cards, letters, brochures
and notes of his travels throughout the school year before he returned to his
class at Jones Elementary school in Gladstone, MI.
Gloria Hellard’s class may never travel to some of the places Gladdy
visits, so they are able to learn about geography through the windshield of
their Trucker Buddy’s truck. “What a wonderful way for my students
to learn about our country and all the states,” writes Ms. Mead in her
letter to nominate Gloria as Trucker Buddy’s Driver of the Month.
Ms. Mead is thankful for the time her driver spends in expanding the children’s
understanding of the country. “It has been fun, and it has been educational,”
states Ms. Mead.
Jeremy, a third grade student, writes, “I appreciate having Gloria in
our classroom. She teaches us all about her job and trucking.” Another
student, Cody, wrote that he learned that it can be hard to stop a truck when
it carries a load of milk!
Gloria, who makes her home in Post Falls, ID, is one of nearly 4,000 truck
drivers who share their time with elementary classes throughout the world. The
only criteria to be a Trucker Buddy is to be a professional driver who is willing
to send at least one postcard each week to a class in grades two through eight.
Drivers can apply on line at www.truckerbuddy.org or by calling 1-800-MY BUDDY.
There are classes still waiting for a Trucker Buddy for this school year.