Guest Author: Kevin Clark ’75
I grew up in Painesville Township Park. Most of us in the family went through Hale Road School, six boys and one girl. I was a twin. My poor mother really had her hands full with us twin boys, “Mom’s Angels.” What a fun time in our household – never a dull moment.
Things I remember fondly of Hale Road Elementary School, 1963-1968 include:
Fallout shelter, storm and bomb drills: We would hear the bells continue to ring, and we would line up and walk in an orderly manner to the dark and dingy basement hallway and line up along the wall – no talking and backs to the wall until the all- clear signal was given. The no talking part was the most difficult part of the drill.
Cleaning the erasers just to get out class. A lot of fun that was!
Playground – northwest corner of the school. I loved the teeter totter – cherry bumps or just jumping off. Ouch, that hurt.
May Pole Dance: Lots of fun and we always had a May Day Queen.
Merry-go-round: Around and around until you were so dizzy you could not stand up.
Monkey Bars and how high I could climb.
The Huge Slide: At least I thought it was huge, and how fast I could slide down. Sometimes we would use waxed paper to rub on the slide to help us go faster.
The area behind the school was another playground down the big hill for big kids only. I could not wait until I was old enough to go down to the big kids’ playground. Once I reached the age to be on that playground, it was not all that big after all.
Remembering some teachers: Mrs. Snodgrass, Mr. Braylor, Principals Ms. Patriarca and Ms. Ponterero.