719 St. Matthews Avenue - "School Patrols: Carrying the Vision"
"School Patrols: Carrying the Vision" (Brianna Mulhall (Brianče), 2011) is a beautiful mural celebrating the 75th anniversary of the national School Safety Patrol programme that originated in the area.
In the mid-1930s, teacher Louise Staples was tasked by the Greenway School to find a way to protect children from growing vehicular traffic. She organized a group of older boys to patrol the intersections at lunchtime and before / after school. Each member wore a white Sam Browne belt, which made them instantly recognizable to children and drivers alike.
Other schools in the city followed suit shortly after. The Winnipeg Police Department then standardized the techniques used by the patrols and provided road safety training. At the end of the decade, the programme had spread throughout the province. Today, 100,000 of Canadian kids take part in those patrols every year.
The words on the right side of the mural are the Patrol Pledge.
For more information about the Murals of Winnipeg project, visit https://www.cendrinemedia.com/Portfolio-Series/About-Murals-Winnipeg-project.
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