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Some Greenway Patrol History
(The below information is taken from West End Dumplings)
In 1935, given the amount of commercial
and industrial vehicles passing by Greenway School everyday, school administration was concerned
about children getting safely to and from school.
In 1935 teacher Louise
Staples was assigned with finding a solution. She later recounted: "I
had to do something, kids were just running wild across the streets and I
couldn't do everything myself. Someone was going to get killed." (June
21, 1986, Winnipeg Free Press).
She organized a group of the older boys, with Doug McGhee as captain, to patrol
the intersections before and after school and at lunchtime. They were issued
white Sam Browne belts so that children and motorists
would recognize them as "patrols".
The Minnedosa-born Staples left Greenway in the
late 1940s and eventually became the principal of Mulvey School. She retired
from there in 1964 and died on March 23, 1988.
West End Biz unveiled this mural in 2012.
Greenway patrols were invited to the media release since Greenway had
the first school patrols in Winnipeg.