Trucker Buddy drives home important lessons

Students in Kimberly Titchener's second grade class at Arnold Elementary have a special pen pal that brings to life lessons in geography, writing, reading, math, social studies and history. Last week, before school let out for the summer, the students were able to meet their Trucker Buddy and tour his truck.

The Trucker Buddy International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization started in 1992 and dedicated to helping educate and mentor school children via a pen pal relationship between background checked professional truck drivers and children in grades K-8. Every week drivers share news about their travels with their class. Once a month, students write letters to their drivers. 

Titchener’s class is matched with Jeffrey Dwerlkotte who is a parent of one of the students in the class.  Dwerlkotte is a state champion truck driver that participates in the state and national truck driving championships. He is also a member of the UPS Freight All-Star road team and an ambassador and Master trainer for UPS Freight. He works with other drivers on safe driving methods and participates in programs to bring safety awareness around trucks to children.

Published: May 15, 2017, Updated: May 15, 2017