School’s route was trek for tykes

From our March 2012 issue

By Mathew Wozniak – Grande Prairie, Alta.

My brother and I walked the four miles to school, and the first mile we had to break trail if it snowed.

We walked along the railroad track for about a half-mile. Then we hit well-packed roads for a mile-and-a-half. We didn’t walk very fast so we left home about 7:30 and we were never late.

When it was cold, and we weren’t dressed very well, we ran all the way to keep warm, and got to school just as the teacher was starting the fire in the heater.

The next problem was learning the three-Rs because we first had to learn the English language.

In the summer we’d have mosquitoes so thick we could hardly breathe.

In the summer of 1935, it rained so much the mail wasn’t able to get through for six weeks.

We walked in water about half the way to school. It didn’t make much difference to us because we were walking barefoot all summer anyway.

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