March 2022 – Not The Exercise
Young children did it in the warm weather, but most high school students think of the word in a different meaning. Phys ed teachers would sometimes get the pupils to the activity to increase heart rate in preparation of a gym class.
It doesn’t matter about the age or physical ability of a person. Very few pupils didn’t do this activity – skipping class.
For some, it was like being in a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie.
To get away with it was the goal.
Sometimes, it might take careful planning, having discussed with a potential “co-skipper” the day before to decide on a meeting spot. Another time, it might have been just a spur-of-the-moment decision to skip a class, maybe it just seemed like a good idea at the time or on the suggestion of someone else.
Those who had their driver’s licence and drove to school, had a car to sit in for the class period, or get away from the high school property to drive around town.
Other “skippers” might walk to restaurants and other establishments to take their “self-decided” break from class(es). Those who stayed in the school had spots they would meet up with friends.
Living in a small town, where everyone knows everyone makes or made it nearly impossible to get away with skipping class if you went downtown or out for a drive.
Your parents or family friends could be shopping or working in restaurants where you “hung out”.
Some think the internet spreads the news fast, but many will say that “the word of mouth” travels quicker.
If your parents found out you skipped class, the consequences could be more “meaningful” than detention after school.
Q. Who was the only high school custodian from 1954 until the early 1960s?
A. Find out the answer in next month’s newsletter.
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Last month’s answer:
The Trent yearbook was first published in 1956 – 1957.
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