I would walk along Garth Avenue past Bob Bodenhamer and Cathy Wood's houses until I came to Park Hill Avenue. About three doors up Park Hill was a house on the right that had Safeway shopping carts parked among a front yard overgrown with saplings. It was the house of "Old Lady Brody." She scared me once when I was in 3rd grade. She wore her hair up in a bun and her glasses tilted forward on the bridge of her nose at such an extreme angle that they looked as if they would topple over.
She was in her front yard moving a shopping cart and must have been looking for some help. She grabbed at my arm. I jumped a mile and ran past her house cresting the hill and then pouring down into East Parkway, across the foot bridge that Mr. Thompson built, across the field and left up West Parkway past the Wright's, Roe's, Miss Hartwig's and the Van DerReyden's to my home.
Every one of us made a trip home after school; sometimes on a bus or bike, sometimes in a car, sometimes on a walk.
For our 1971 Reunion, people are beginning to organize "A Walk Home from School" on Saturday, August 27. They'll grab a cup of coffee and start out re-tracing their steps from school back home. Every school will figure out their own schedule and how they'll do the walk. For instance, Judy Bass and Glenda (Semmons) Magnus from Mrs. Hagler's class at West Boulevard School will have a class picture in hand and will recall names and places and stories as they walk along. (They're still not sure of all of the names!)
The 1971 Reunion Planning Committee won't arrange these walks...that's up to you. If you want to connect with classmates and propose a time and school, you can post a comment (below) and get the ball rolling. If there's enough interest, we'll create a new section on this website that will give you a chance to connect with your classmates and plan a walk home from school.