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New Jersey teacher wins honor from Trucker Buddy

CAROLINE WALRADT (Courtesy: TRUCKER BUDDY)

The Trucker News Services

10/11/2013

PRINCETON, N.J. — Caroline Walradt, a second grade teacher at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, has been named Trucker Buddy’s Outstanding Teacher following her nomination by K.C. Brau, a Trucker Buddy and professional driver.

“Mrs. Walradt has been a Trucker Buddy teacher and advocate since 1999, utilizing the program in second and third grade course study,” Brau said. “I think she’s a great teacher.”

Her influence and success with the students has been visible to Brau in the improvement of language and writing skills in the letters and notes received from the class, he said. Faithfully sending material written and made by the students, she has also served to keep this driver's enjoyment and satisfaction level with program participation high.

According to Brau, Walradt has utilized state tourist information sent by him in her class assignments, particularly for creative thinking and writing abilities.

“Taking the item of their choice, students were encouraged to develop a story around it,” Brau said. Maps provided by a program sponsor are used to help with learning state names, features, and shapes while following the journeys of their Trucker Buddy driver.

In a radio interview (blog radio, Courtney Wilson Show), Walradt proved herself to be an interesting and articulate spokesperson for the Trucker Buddy program.

"I have been very fortunate to have had K.C. as a Trucker Buddy pen pal for almost eight years now,” Waldradt said. “My students look forward to his postcards and letters and have learned a great deal about trucks, geography and staying safe! He becomes a good friend and they miss him when they leave second grade. I am grateful for the Trucker Buddy program which provides an authentic means for me to teach my students about the United States, letter writing, and the value truckers provide to each and every one of us."

Trucker Buddy International, an independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, often called the top trucking image campaign in North America, has helped educate schoolchildren and introduce educators to the trucking industry.  This gives them the world through the eyes of a professional truck driver.  The Trucker Buddy program helps to educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in grades K-8 as supervised by their teachers.

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