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Orbit Family Spotlight: 12 Days of Routing

It's everyone's favorite time of year again. December is upon us, and we are all very busy getting ready for the holidays. Every year, Orbit employees get dressed up for a Christmas photo that reflects our unity and fellowship. This year the gang also got involved in creating a video that shows how much fun we can have when we all let our hair down. "12 Days of Routing" is a tribute to each and every person responsible for ensuring the safety of our school children. Underappreciated men and women that deserve these gifts and a whole lot more. How many of our employees do you recognize? Email us the names of each singer in order of appearance to earn 1,000 rewards points. Don't forget to connect with us for our latest news and photos.

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GPS vehicle tracking systems take on new meaning
Expectations are high for schools to provide transportation that is cost-efficient, safe and accountable. Schools are tasked with making the most of their resources while delivering A+ service to their students, parents and communities. GPS vehicle tracking provides a solution to deliver real-time data to optimize operation efficiencies, improve overall safety and reduce transportation costs.
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Super trouble for driving school bus, teenage heroics and holiday giving
School Transportation News
An Iowa teen became a hero while on his way to school recently after he helped students evacuate a school bus that rolled over after a crash. Sixteen-year-old Nathan Bass was driving to school when he noticed a ball of white smoke. As he got closer, he noticed that the same school bus that had just picked up his younger brothers was laying on its side in a ditch.
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Will ramped-up vehicle tech bring smarter, safer school buses?
School Bus Fleet
With advancements such as Google's road-testing of self-driving cars, the notion is no longer relegated to episodes of "The Jetsons." However, practical use is still a long way off, though automated vehicle technology and connected vehicle technology are arriving in increments. School bus manufacturers are keeping pace, as the technology stands to help enhance pupil transportation safety even further.
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Hot chocolate peppermint biscotti
There's nothing quite like snuggling up next to a roaring fire with a cup of hot chocolate. But every now and then, a little something to nibble on is the way to go. Well, here's a little recipe that lets you get the best of both worlds — a hot chocolate peppermint biscotti that puts some crunch in your cocoa. Just follow this simple recipe, and get that fire started. Enjoy the holidays!
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The ultimate gadget gift for everyone on your list
USA Today
The holidays are a hectic time for you, but they're downright insane for someone who reviews gadgets all year long. This is the time of year I have to whittle down a mountain of gadgets — pick out my very favorites for a whole variety of reasons, from ease of use to cost — and make my grand gadget gift recommendations.
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Trivia Question

Question: When were the first Christmas cards commercially reproduced?

Answer: The first Christmas cards were commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley in London on May 1, 1843.

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10 facts about snow

1. An average snowflake is made up of 180 billion molecules of water.

2. Around 12 percent of the Earth's land surface is covered in permanent snow and ice.

3. Each year, an average of 105 snow-producing storms affect the continental U.S. A typical storm will have a snow-producing lifetime of two to five days and will bring snow to portions of several states.

4. All snowflakes have six sides.

5. Rochester, New York, is the snowiest large city in the U.S., averaging 94 inches of snow a year.

6. Chionophobia is a fear of snow.

7. Snow is actually colorless. What little sunlight is absorbed by snow is absorbed uniformly over the wavelengths of visible light thus giving snow its white appearance.

8. People buy more cakes, cookies and candies than any other food when a blizzard is in the forecast.

9. A blizzard occurs when you can't see for 1/4 mile. The winds are always 35 miles an hour or more. The storm must last at least 3 hours to be classed as a blizzard. If any of these conditions are less, it is only a snowstorm.

10. The average snowflake falls at a speed of 3.1 miles per hour.

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