PeopleNet, a provider of integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems for fleet management, has announced becoming one of Trucker Buddy’s newest donors for 2010. In supporting the program, the company said it is “enabling civic-minded professional drivers the opportunity to give back to their communities and helping to improve the image of the trucking industry for elementary students across the country.”
“The generous donation that PeopleNet has made will help us further our mission and will make it possible for us to grow the number of teachers, drivers and more importantly students participating in the Trucker Buddy International program,” said Randy Schwartzenburg, Trucker Buddy INtenrational executive director.
"PeopleNet is proud to join the Trucker Buddy family," said Brian McLaughlin, PeopleNet CEO. "We strongly support the mission of Trucker Buddy and value the tremendous benefit the program brings to the children, schools and drivers who participate."
Trucker Buddy International, an independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, seeks to boost trucking’s image by helping educate schoolchildren and introduce educators to the trucking industry. The program helps to educate and mentor schoolchildren via pen-pal relationships between professional truck drivers and children in grades 2-8 as supervised by their teachers.
After an extensive screening process, the professional truck drivers are matched with a class and as directed by the teacher, drivers share news about their travels with their class. Students write letters and send pictures to their drivers. Students' skills in reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies, and history are enhanced and learning is fun, noted Trucker Buddy.
Since 1992, Trucker Buddy International has helped educate over a million schoolchildren and introduced them to caring, compassionate men and women who are professional truck drivers. The ongoing success of the program is due to driver volunteers, participating teachers and the contributions of sponsors. There is no cost to the drivers or teachers to participate in the program. The Trucker Buddy program is funded entirely by sponsorships and donations.