ACS Multimedia Advertising recently announced drivers Bruce Brandon and John “LJ” Rose as their December and January Trucker Buddies of the Month.
Brandon traveled to Iceland to visit his sixth-grade class at Njardvik Elementary School, located in a small fishing town near the capital, Reykjavik. Brandon started his Trucker Buddy volunteerism with a second-grade class in New York. When his teacher retired after they worked together for a few years, he requested an older class, and the only one available at the time was the class in Iceland. Brandon, from Chattanooga, Tenn., is currently a driver for Crete Carrier Corp.
Rose, an owner-operator from Springfield, Mo., is noted for writing to each student individually and sending trivia questions for the class to answer. One student wrote, “My class has had Trucker Buddies before, but none of them have been as much fun as LJ!” Leased to O&S Trucking in Springfield, Rose is the first Trucker Buddy of the Month to receive a set of steer tires from Continental Tire. Rose has been a contractor for O&S since 1986.
Each Trucker Buddy 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. They also receive an IdleAire adaptor, a Koolatron cooler and a complete set of Airtabs for their tractor or trailer. Owner-operators receive a set of steer tires from Continental Tire. The class will receive a CrossCountry USA game from Ingenuity Works, which will help them learn more about how trucks move freight across the continent.
Brandon and Rose are among 3,500 professional drivers who share their time with elementary classes throughout the world. The only criteria to be a Trucker Buddy is to be a truck driver and willing to send a postcard each week to a class in grades two through eight. Drivers and teachers can find out more about the program by going to www.truckerbuddy.org.