When classes changed, when meals were ready, when free time was over the bell would ring. Located at the front entrance of the Manitoba school the sound of this bell was recognized by every student as a call to attention. Tradition had it that the bell would be rung for the end of canoe trips once the canoes were spotted on the Red River. The sound would echo down the river to announce the brigade’s arrival. Rumour has it, that once long ago on a cold winter day, one of the students turned the bell upside down – filled it with water, which froze and voila no bell to bring students in for classes. When the Manitoba school closed this bell was sent to the Alberta school and is still in the bell tower at the front entrance. It is still a mystery as to who sent it out west.
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