Making a few Christmas boxes with lollies to give as presents was Maryborough Special School's Isabella Pankhurst with some assistance from teacher aide Katrina Alston.
Making a few Christmas boxes with lollies to give as presents was Maryborough Special School's Isabella Pankhurst with some assistance from teacher aide Katrina Alston. Boni Holmes

UPDATE: Special festive messages from young students

UPDATE: Special end to the school year for students

Student Christmas elves made their last gift-giving stop at the Maryborough Seniors Village in Rocky St yesterday.

The residents who were gifted with hand made lolly boxes also shared their Christmas spirit by inviting the Maryborough Special School students to lunch with them.

 

They all dined on a roast dinner followed by dessert and shared the traditional pulling of the bon bons.

Village owner Kevin Humphreys said he had only bought the village three weeks ago but the visit from the students was beautiful and he will definitely have them back any time.

Maryborough special school's Christmas luncheon : Students from Maryborough Special School share their festive spirit with hand made gift boxes for residents of nursing homes and aged care, hospitals and emergency service workers.
Maryborough special school's Christmas luncheon : Students from Maryborough Special School share their festive spirit with hand made gift boxes for residents of nursing homes and aged care, hospitals and emergency service workers.

SPECIAL elves have been working their festive magic at a Maryborough school by creating gifts boxes to spread the Christmas cheer.

Maryborough's Special School students have been experiencing the sense of giving by offering their hand made Christmas lolly boxes to local emergency service workers and residents in nursing homes and hospital.

School senior teacher Pam McHardy they started the program last year and it was a hit with the residents of aged care.

"The whole school gets involved and we make little boxes from old Christmas and birthday cards and put a little packet of lollies in them," Pam said.

"This is an excellent way to create from recycling and for some of the children to interact with older people.

"The kids faces shine when they give the Christmas present."

 

Students have already done several trips including Groundwater, the hospital and Yaralla.

"It is a way to say Merry Christmas and to thank them for all their hard work in the community," Pam said.

Each packet is different and holds a typed message: "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from students and staff from Maryborough Special School, MSS P&C. The lollies are donated through Paul Truscott, Granville Lions Club, Maryborough Lioness Club and Tiaro Lions Club, The Land of Sweets and Confectionery Snack Foods and Suncity Distributors. We hope you enjoy the contents."