September 2006 Trucker Buddy uses creativity to teach students

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A company driver with Crete Carrier Corp. has been selected as the September ACS MultiMedia Trucker Buddy Driver of the Month for his role in educating students at Robert Frost Elementary School in Kirkland, Wash.

Rod “Roadrocker” Duncan of Venice, Fla., uses his weekly correspondence with the students in Teresa Pellett’s third-grade class to give them math and geography lessons based on the items he delivered and the places that he traveled. Duncan also uses a mascot, “Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat,” to further engage the students and write rhyming letters to the class.

Duncan says working with Trucker Buddy means as much to him as it does to the students. “Everything I think about during the day is how I can relate what I am seeing and what I am doing for the kids and what can they learn from it,” he says. “It’s an outlet to ease the boredom of driving, and I see things differently now.”

Duncan, who is among 3,500 other professional drivers who participate in the Trucker Buddy program, will receive a personalized jacket, $200 in Trucker Buddy merchandise and a check for $300 to spend on the class. He also will receive an IdleAire adaptor, a Koolatron cooler and a complete set of Airtabs for his tractor or trailer. The class will receive a CrossCountry USA game from Ingenuity Works to help the students learn more about how trucks move freight across the continent.

Drivers and teachers can find out more about the program by going to