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Patrols

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.


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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.

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