Longtime Trucker Buddy Leader Passes Away
July 18, 2012
Darrell Hicks, a longtime Trucker Buddy supporter and industry professional passed away peacefully at his California home on July 10, 2012. Hicks served the trucking industry for many years and was an original board member of Trucker Buddy in 1992 as it first became an official 501.c.3 organization. He became so interested in the program he asked if he could be the first non-driver to mentor a class in Arkansas while he traveled on his sales job. Hicks would coordinate with other drivers to bring their truck to his class visits and thrilled the students with educational post cards from all across the country.
After Hicks completed his board term he became the founding member of the Advisory Council and an honorary Ambassador for Trucker Buddy which he faithfully served on until his death.
“Uncle Darrell, as we all called him, was a rock and foundation of Trucker Buddy,” said Trucker Buddy Executive Director Randy Schwartzenburg, “His personal relationship with Gary King and his love for Trucker Buddy helped all of us take the program to the next level. Darrell’s help and advice was a stabilizing factor in the success of Trucker Buddy, one that I and many others depended on.”
His family has asked that donations be sent to either of these two causes.
Your Story Hour
P.O. Box 15
Berrien Springs, MI 49103
Trucker Buddy International
3200 Rice Mine Road N.E.,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Trucker Buddy International, an independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, often called the number one 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.
After an extensive screening process, the professional truck drivers are matched with a class and as directed by the teacher, drivers share news about their travels with their class. Students write letters and send pictures to their drivers. Students’ skills in reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies, and history are enhanced and learning is made fun.
Since 1992, Trucker Buddy International has helped educate over a million schoolchildren and introduced them to caring, compassionate men and women, professional truck drivers. The on-going success of the program is due to driver volunteers, participating teachers and the contributions of sponsors. There is no cost to the drivers or teachers to participate in the program. The Trucker Buddy program is funded entirely through sponsorships and donations.