<p>Q&rsquo;Straint/Sure-Lok&nbsp;is calling for nominations for the annual NAPT Special Needs Transportation Award. Shown here is J.W. Bud Fears, Q&rsquo;Straint's midwest regional sales manager, presenting Peggy Stone with the award in 2018. </p>

Q’Straint/Sure-Lok is continuing to support the annual National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Special Needs Transportation Award and is calling for nominations.

The award was established to give special recognition to an outstanding individual involved in the direct delivery of service in the area of special-needs transportation.

The National Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT's) Annual Awards Program is designed to honor a student transportation professional for helping make school transportation the safest, most effective way for the nearly 26 million children who rely on the yellow bus to get to and home from school each day.

Who Can be Nominated?

Transportation directors, supervisors, drivers, aides, and other auxiliary personnel with a minimum of three years of experience in special-needs transportation are eligible for nomination. The candidate must have been a member of NAPT for a minimum of three years. The application deadline is July 30, and the winner will be announced on or around Oct. 1. Applications can be submitted online.

What Will the Winner Receive?

The winner will receive full delegate registration for the 2019 NAPT Conference and Trade Show as well as their hotel accommodations, an allowance for meals not covered by the conference, and travel reimbursement. They will also receive a $500 grant for additional education.

This year, Q’Straint/Sure-Lok is also providing free enrollment for the winner’s entire district in its online training course, Securement 101: Basic Wheelchair Training, a product of its Training Aqademy.

What is the Securement 101 Online Training Course?

Securement 101 is an on-demand, interactive course offered in Q’Straint/Sure-Lok’s Training Aqademy. It is designed to provide comprehensive training on wheelchair securement best practices. Through a series of four lessons, transportation providers will learn how to operate a variety of four-point securement systems currently available and understand how to properly secure passengers with special needs and their wheelchairs. Students who pass the course receive a certification of completion that is valid for two years.

The winner of the 2018 NAPT Special Needs Transportation Award, Peggy Stone, supervisor of exceptional students for Kanawha County (W.Va.) Schools, said she was honored to be recognized.

“Special needs transportation is my passion," she said. "I love the work that I do and am committed to delivering excellence to my local district, as well as supporting my colleagues in the industry. It was such an honor to receive this award, and I was excited to be recognized by NAPT and Q’Straint/Sure-Lok.”

The winner of the 2019 NAPT Special Needs Transportation Award will be recognized at the NAPT Conference and Trade Show, which will take place Nov. 2 to 5 in Columbus, Ohio.

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