Special To The News
First and second grade students at Hayes Grade Center in Ada were treated to a special event on Friday when a Walmart driver from the Sanger, Texas, Distribution Center arrived to pick up a very important guest.
According to Pat Stewart, principal, this VIP guest — a stuffed bear known as Hayes the Trucking Buddy — has been anxiously awaiting his departure date so he could begin his tour around the United States.
Stewart said the trucking buddy project was implemented this year by special education teacher Sharon Cunningham. The project involves matching a classroom, or in this care an entire school, with a professional driver who becomes a viable source of enhanced learning opportunities.
The professional driver will take Hayes trucking for a few weeks before transferring him to another driver, then another, then another.
Eventually, Hayes will have the opportunity to travel around the great United States.
Secret sources, however, have stated he would like to visit Alaska as his backpack boasts a sign that says “Alaska or Bust.”
Hayes in going to see many people, places and things during his six-month journey. He will keep track of his adventure via journal, photographs, e-mail, and letters while the students back home use the information he gathers to learn about social studies, history, geography, mathematics, reading and language arts.
Prior to seeing Hayes off, professional driver Michael Cunningham, also treated the students to a lesson about truck safety. The students were able to tour the big 18-wheeler and learn important safety guidelines of sharing the road with trucks.
Michael is a driver for Walmart Private Fleet and is married to teacher Sharon Cunningham. He will be visiting the student at Hayes school throughout the year keeping them informed of their trucking buddy’s whereabouts and sharing stories about the road.
Trucker Buddy International is a non profit organization started in 1992 and is dedicated to helping educate and mentor school children via a pen pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in grades K-8.
Hayes kids must bear wait to learn from pal
Special To The News
- Local News
Stonewall School names Teacher of the Year
Stonewall School has named Donna Cox as Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013.
Father's Day fight lands one man in jail
When Ada police drove up on West 13th Street Sunday, they found one man holding another man in a bear hug position, according to a police report.
City OKs site for sports complex
Ada City Council approved a site for the proposed sports complex on Monday, clearing the way for the city to move forward with the project.
Local man arrested in alleged fraud at local church
A 24-year-old Ada man has been arrested on suspicion of trying to pass a fraudulent $400 check from the account of a local Sunday school class.
Ada woman jailed; bonds total more than $50,000
A 28-year-old Ada woman is behind bars, saddled with more than $50,000 in bonds to deal with before she can be released.
Input sought on Main Street lighting project
Area residents are invited to participate in a special meeting to discuss lighting and other improvements to Ada’s Main Street to be held Wednesday at Pontotoc Technology Center. According to Bridget Forshay, Citizens Advisory Board Main Street Lighting Committee chairperson, the open forum is a result of Ada’s “Penny for Our City” sales tax.
Randy's Natural World
I hope I didn’t scare any readers with this week’s featured creature — the rough green snake.
Cruising Main Street scheduled June 28
People who remember cruising downtown Ada as teenagers can relive those days later this month.
Schools have until 2015 to implement new teacher evaluation system
Oklahoma school officials preparing to implement a new system for grading teachers got a two-year reprieve this month.
Smeltz arrested again; more alleged threats
A former Ada firefighter was arrested for the second time Wednesday after allegedly posting more threatening and possibly libelous statements on Facebook concerning Ada Police Officer Brad Rhoads and other members of the department.
- More Local News Headlines
- Stonewall School names Teacher of the Year