NAPT Dispatch
Aug. 25, 2015

NAPT Summit offers education
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Give yourself the gift of education this year at NAPT's Summit in Richmond, VA. Register today!

ENGAGE. The entire 2015 program is dedicated to providing you with the information and tools necessary to maintain efficient and effective operations. Take a look at this year's session topics.

EXPLORE. Take part in our One-Day Trade Show with more than 120 vendors providing the latest in products and services designed to help you perform your job better. See who's already registered to exhibit.

EMPOWER. Take your career to the next level! You'll head back to your organization with valuable information, new and enhanced professional connections, and tools and resources designed to ensure student safety, improve efficiency, and increase savings. Reserve your spot today!

Hotels are filling up quickly! Visit the website for hotel and travel options to and around Richmond, VA. Please note, our headquarters hotel, the Richmond Marriott Hotel, has limited availability Thursday, November 5-Saturday, November 7.

We look forward to seeing you in Richmond, VA this November.More

Got Jackets?
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NAPT's Summit is right around the corner, and you know what that means...the 2015 jacket from our long-time friends and supporters at IC Bus! Still have your jackets from previous conferences? Send us pictures — we'd love to see them! Email them to info@napt.org.

And remember, the only way to get a 2015 IC jacket is to register for NAPT's Summit.More

3 Weeks left to submit NAPT award nominations
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Recognize a colleague for helping make school transportation the safest, most effective way for 26 million children to get to and home from school each day. Submit a nomination for one of NAPT's six national awards!

Driver Training Award (sponsored by IC Bus) — The NAPT Driver Training Award rewards school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Submit an application online now.

Continuing Education Award (sponsored by Thomas Built Buses) — The NAPT Continuing Education Award enables individuals to access NAPT's education and training programs, both online and in-person. Submit an application online now.

Specialized Transportation Award (sponsored by Sure-Lok International, LLC) — This award was established to give special recognition to an individual or school system that provides exemplary service to students with specialized transportation needs. Submit an application online now.

Heroism Award (sponsored by Blue Bird Corporation) — Our Heroism Award recognizes individuals that have performed an act of rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others, particularly if the individual demonstrated extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save someone else's life at considerable risk to self. Submit an application online now.

Distinguished Service Award — The NAPT Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize an individual who has performed exemplary service for or on behalf of NAPT at the state and/or national level. This is the second highest honor NAPT can bestow on an individual or company. Submit an online application now.

Hall of Fame — Induction into the NAPT Hall of Fame is the highest honor NAPT can bestow. Honorees must meet the highest standards of personal and professional integrity, including distinguished service to both the industry and the Association. Click here to see the NAPT HoF guidelines.

Please consider nominating someone you know for an NAPT Award today.

If you have questions, feel free to contact NAPT Awards Committee Chair Theresa Anderson at thanders@comcast.net, co-Chair Jerry Milliken at Milliken.jerry@gmail.com or NAPT headquarters at 800.989.6278. More

Member webinar archives
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NAPT has offered a number of interesting member webinars throughout 2015. Remember, if you missed any of our webinars, or want to listen again, they are all recorded and available in the 'Member Resources' area of the Members' Only section of the website. Log-in today.

Future Webinars
September 30: Preparing Your Operation for Winter Register now!
October 28: Inside Washington: How and Why Democracy Begets Bureaucracy Register now! More

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