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National School Bus Safety Week proclomation

from NAPT

Unites States Congressman Baron Hill (D-IN) is preparing to introduce a proclamation that would permanently designate the third full week in October every year as National School Bus Safety Week. If passed out of the House, the proclamation would go to the White House for President Obama's review and likely approval.

Dick Fischer, a long-time pupil transportation consultant and member of the NAPT Hall of Fame who effectively began School Bus Safety Week in the 1960s, has formed a National School Bus Safety Committee that is seeking letters of support for the proclamation. Fischer and his team have been working with staffers in Rep. Hill's office to draft the proclamation.

Although this effort is not unprecedented (previous presidential proclamations were signed by President Nixon in 1973, when School Bus Safety Week was held in April, and President Reagan in October of 1981) neither of the previous proclamations made School Bus Safety Week an official national event. National School Bus Safety Week is and always has been an industry sponsored celebration, managed and financially supported entirely by NAPT, NASDPTS and NSTA. The fact that the feds might permanently acknowledge the importance of School Bus Safety Week is a significant political landmark that would help elevate school transportation with politicians in Washington, D.C. and around the nation.

NAPT members are therefore strongly encouraged to download a customizable letter and send it to your Congressperson. Just copy and paste the sample letter into your email and send it to your Congressperson. You can find the name of and contact information for your Congressperson by entering your nine number zip code at (Find your Zip code at:

After you contact your representative, it would also be helpful — and polite — if you wrote a note to Congressman Hill, thanking him for his support and hard work on behalf of our industry. His contact information is:

Hon. Baron Hill
223 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel: 202-225-5315
Fax: 202-226-6866

If you have questions about this effort, please feel free to contact Richard Fischer at

Thank you for your help and support.

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