Patrol Boy

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Patrol Boy, at the Belleville Elementary School. Don’t walk on the grass or you’ll go to the office. That office was Joseph Donnelly’s office. You’re going to Donnelly’s! As a patrol boy you wore an yellow orange belt around your waist with an attached across the chest belt that went over your shoulder. This was about 1978 and I don’t believe girls were allowed to be patrol boys. Hence, the patrol boy name apparently. This must have been some kind of sick school experiment or maybe it was just the 70’s. I remember chasing down a student with a group of other patrol boys who was a known troublemaker. He will remain nameless at least in this conversation RW. Anyway, it seemed like a lynching and Principle Donnelly agreed. We were all brought down the office ourselves and we were the ones who got a good talking to. We all almost lost the patrol boy privilege. I believe it wasn’t long after I graduated from the school in 1978 that the patrol boy legacy went South. Although, the day I received the patrol boy belt, well it was a proud day, a very proud day!
Music for this post: Somewhere Over The Rainbow, What A Wonderful World – Cliff Richard
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4 Responses to “Patrol Boy”

  1. NBPTMA.com - History Your Way Newburyport Circa 1950-1990 » Belleville Elementary School on May 28th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    […] Go to Patrol Boys! […]

  2. D.A.KUSE on September 18th, 2008 at 8:04 am

    There was the Davenport School also on Congress Street,Jackman School on Atwood Street,the Currier School ..think it was on Arlington Street not sure on the street here..The Davenport had grades 1 to 4…and the teachers were 1st grade Mrs Reardin,2nd grade Mrs Cashman,3rd grade Miss Mason(she was great) and the 4th was Mrs Macdonald and she was kinda of mean used the ruler alot…

  3. Rick Eck on March 8th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    In 1958 my 1st grade class at the Curtis School on Ashland St. walked to the newly built Belleville School and we were part of the first group of kids to attend the school.
    Also, the Currier School was on Forrester Street.

  4. Chanson on February 21st, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Miss Macdonald ended up at the Kelley School after Davenport closed and she used a tallying rod..a stick with a feather on one end and a hard rubber ball at the other…to keep us awake..lol…That was in the early 80’s. I wonder how that would work today.

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