Aldrich Elementary Students Complete First “Tour” with United Van Lines’ Discover America
Omaha, Nebraska – 4th-grade students at Aldrich Elementary in the Millard School District just completed their first Discover America adventure — a “trip” to St. Louis and Chicago via “Driver Dave”, a fictitious United Van Lines’ van operator. This week, students received their first correspondence from “Driver Dave”, which contained various postcards, a picture book, pencils and other souvenir items from the St. Louis and Chicago areas.
Courtesy of I-Go Van and Storage Co., an agent of United Van Lines, approximately 100 students at the school are involved with Discover America — a program which enables children nationwide to “tour” and study the geography and history of various U.S. cities throughout the school year. After the St. Louis – Chicago “trip”, the students will receive a package each month from the other cities, which will include New York City, Denver and San Francisco. In addition to the letter received each month, students have the opportunity to log on to Driver Dave’s Web page, http://www.unitedvanlines.com/uvl/driverdave, and read about additional U.S. sites and attractions as they follow his route across the country. Students will also be able to keep track of Driver Dave’s side trips by logging onto http://www.unitedvanlines.com/uvl/driverdave.
Locally, the Discover America program had its kickoff for the 2010-11 school year last month when I-Go Van and Storage sent one of its drivers to Aldrich Elementary. Introduced to the students as “Driver Dave”, the van operator explained the Discover America program and invited the children to tour his truck.
“United’s Discover America program has generated a lot of positive response from both the students and teachers,” says Brian Nogg, CFO/VP of I-Go. “The kids are being given the opportunity to study cities in the United States they might never get to visit.”
United Van Lines, the nation’s largest household goods transportation company, transports electronic equipment, trade show exhibits and displays, works of art, and specialized freight, in addition to household goods. United, with headquarters located in suburban St. Louis, maintains a network of 1,000 affiliated agencies in 135 countries around the world. More information about United and its services can be obtained through the company’s Web site at http://www.unitedvanlines.com