Freightliner’s Slice of Life Trucker Henry Albert Blogs About His Trucker Buddy Class Visit

January 1, 2012

Screen shot 2011-12-28 at 10.45.39 AMHenry Albert is the owner of Albert Transport, Inc., based in Statesville, NC. He has been a trucker for 26 years and has gained many accolades over the years, including being recognized by Overdrive magazine as its 2007 Trucker of the Year.

Albert also participates in Freightliner’s “Slice of Life” program, a year-long initiative that enables three truckers  to experience firsthand the enhanced aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, roomy cab and quiet ride of a Cascadia truck. Before participating in the Slice of Life program, Albert drove a 2001 Freightliner Century Class S/T™, and is using his Cascadia for general freight while pulling a dry van trailer.

In addition to appearing on the Midnight Trucking Radio Network, where Albert answers listener questions about his journeys and is featured in podcasts, he blogs about his impressions. The blogs, additional podcasts of other Slice of Life drivers and upcoming appearances are available on www.SliceofTruckerLife.com.

Albert is also active in the Trucker Buddy program, and he recently shared information about his experience with a third-grade class in Missouri. Here is what Albert blogged about his visit:

Hello,
This week, I’m attending the OOIDA board meetings in Grain Valley, MO. I left out a day early in order to stop by the Central Catholic-St. Nicholas School in St. Louis, MO. I made arrangements ahead of time to stop by and meet Ms. Jane Armstrong who teaches third grade at the school and heads up “The Trucker Buddy” program within her class. My visit included meeting the new students for this year and seeing the children from last year’s third grade class. After enjoying lunch with them in the cafeteria, the kids were excited to get an upclose look at the Cascadia. Each one climbed up and got a first-hand view of life on the road. They were thrilled with the bunk beds, microwave, and TV. They had lots of questions… one child asked “how many minutes would it take to get from MO to Chicago, IL”? They all seemed to enjoy the truck and its features. The class gave me a drawing of an angel to carry along with me in the truck. They students wished me safe travels and it was time to say goodbye.

It’s great getting to know the children by letters, photos, drawings and postcards. I look forward to another great year ahead being a part of the “Trucker Buddy Program”. Best wishes to Jane Armstrong and her third grade class. Thanks for a great visit!

To find out more about Trucker Buddy visit http://www.truckerbuddy.org.