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NAPT and STN co-host 2013 Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo
Winners announced - NAPT member places 1st!


The National Association for Pupil Transportation and STN Media Group, owner and publisher of School Transportation News magazine, recently signed an agreement to co-produce the Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo, held in conjunction with the Transporting Students with Special Needs and Preschoolers National Conference in Frisco, Texas.

The Roadeo was held on March 9, and we are pleased to announce the winners below:

First place: Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill (NAPT member!); from Academy School District 20, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Second place: Rhonda Fiddler and Susan Nulph; from Cherokee County Schools, Marietta, Ga.

Third place: Robelyn Watson and Cynthia Wright; from San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, Calif.

The three-day Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo includes training, a written exam and hands-on competition. To be eligible at the national competition, participants must have achieved success at state-level events. Participants compete in bus driving and operational events that test five core functions: pre-check; wheelchair loading and securement; car-seat securement; student management; and emergency evacuation.

"NAPT has been working for nearly a decade to make the National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo a practical, hands-on exercise in safety and interpersonal communications," said Alexandra Robinson, president of NAPT and executive director of student transportation for the New York City Department of Education. "We are more excited than ever about this event as a result of our newly formed partnership with STN. We are confident that together, NAPT and STN can make the Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo a bigger and better showcase for people around the nation who work with our most vulnerable students."

The Roadeo was held at Frisco Independent School District and was sponsored by Q'Straint and Sure-Lok. For more information, go to our website at www.napt.org. more


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