New Jersey second graders lined up outside on Thursday for their first meeting with the trucker who has corresponded with their teacher’s class for the past 10 years.
For the past decade, trucker K.C. Brau has acted as a pen pal for second graders Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart as part of the non-profit Trucker Buddy International program that pairs truckers with classrooms to help students learn geography.
Teacher Caroline Walradt believes that corresponding with K.C. has helped the students to achieve authentic learning. She said, “my kids now know where the states are because K.C. went there.” A map in her classroom is pinned with postcards from K.C., encouraging them to learn more about the states he has visited.
But the relationship is mutually beneficial — K.C. gets a lot out of his role as pen pal. “I love it. This is a hoot,” he said. “I’ll stay here until they’re done with me.”