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Nov. 29, 2011

Free shipping on your holiday gift purchase at NAPT
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Here's a great holiday gift idea from your friends at NAPT — we are offering free shipping with a $10 purchase of our 13-Month NSBSW Poster Calendar.

These National School Bus Safety Week Poster calendars will make your holiday shopping a little easier this year. Now everyone can stay organized and enjoy award-winning student artwork from across the country. This colorful, easy-to-write-on calendar features state and national conference dates so you can keep track of important industry events. Office mates and relatives alike are sure to appreciate the safety messages and enjoy the talent exhibited in this calendar. (Dimension — closed: 10.5" W x 8" L)

Student artwork is created each year to celebrate National School Bus Safety Week. The NSBSW POSTER theme for 2012 is "Stand Back from the Yellow and Black." Students may draw the theme from Sept 2011 to September 2012. School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 22-26, 2012.

To order please go to our website at www.napt.org and click on the Online Store tab or email lynn.martin@napt.org.

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