Steve Gilbert, a driver for Walmart has been nominated Trucker Buddy of the Month by Mrs. Poulos, teacher at Fallbrook Street School. Her class has a multiage class including kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Mr. Gilbert is one of a kind, says Mrs. Poulos. We think he is a wonderful Trucker Buddy and an excellent role model. He advocates to the students to work hard.
Every year he makes it a priority to drive out to California to see us, remarks Mrs. Poulos. He has driven out to see the class, not only in his truck but he has also come with his wife on his motorcycle. This year he drove his truck and the students were able to climb up and look inside the cab. Wow. It was amazing, remarks Mrs. Poulos.
When he comes to see the class he also tells them about what he does for a living and a little about his truck. The class even has a small version of his truck on display in their classroom that Mr. Gilbert has given them. What a special treat it is to have, says Mrs. Poulos.
Mr. Gilbert sent each student a map of the United States so they can keep track of his travels. While he is driving he will send the students post cards from every city. The students have fun while learning map skills while they locate each and every place he has been. They are having fun learning the states and the facts about the states from his post cards. The students also use the pencil pouches and writing supplies that he has sent them. He has also sent the students Trucker Buddy lunch boxes. It is so much fun to see all the lunch boxes at our lunch tables during lunch.
The Trucker Buddy program has been absolutely wonderful for our class. We cannot say enough about him and the excitement he has brought to our class. He truly deserves this award.
What do the students think? These comments were overheard during Mr. Gilbert’s visit:
I gotta say that Mr. Gilbert is a great trucker buddy. He let us get in his Walmart truck and gives us pencils, rulers and sharpeners.
Mr. Gilbert is a fantastic trucker buddy! He gives us post cards from every state he goes and he visits us every year! He also tells us to work hard and be good.
Mr. Gilbert is a wonderful trucker buddy. I wish Mr. Gilbert was the trucker buddy of the year!