Lapstone Public School 'elves' save Christmas for seniors

From left, Lapstone Public School principal Sharon Gordon, Rotary President Michele Ellery and teacher Lisa Phelan are with students displaying Christmas cards for 'Young at Heart' senior citizens.
From left, Lapstone Public School principal Sharon Gordon, Rotary President Michele Ellery and teacher Lisa Phelan are with students displaying Christmas cards for 'Young at Heart' senior citizens.

For the past 28 years, the little 'elves' at Lapstone Public School have made Christmas special for the hundreds of senior citizens hosted at Lower Blue Mountains Rotary's annual 'Young at Heart' Christmas concert lunch.

The impressive production line of senior school students has meticulously mass produced Christmas cards for anything from 120 to 140 seniors treated to a festive lunch.

The cards are then presented to all guests by Rotarians at the lunch - along with an appropriate gift from one of Lower Blue Mountains Rotary's major sponsors, Blaxland Tiles and Bathrooms.

But this year's Young at Heart lunch has been sabotaged by COVID-19 and there will be no fun outing with Rotary club drivers, delicious Emu Plains Sports Club Christmas dinner, Christmas music and carols by the Blue Mountains Concert Band and the acclaimed ExGracia Choir.

Instead, Rotary's long-time event organiser John Keogh and the club board decided something must be salvaged for the disappointed senior citizens.

The students are on the job and cards are now being beautifully illustrated and individually addressed to everyone on the guest list from last year's event - people in retirement villages, nursing homes and even seniors house bound in their own homes without near relatives.

Lower Blue Mountains Rotary Club President Michele Ellery said the club expects COVID-19 to be gone and festivities back to normal in 2021.

"Our invitation list will be closely monitored and no eligible senior will miss out", she said

Ms Ellery lavished praise on the staff and students at Lapstone Primary for their ongoing support for many years.

"We have presented the school with a special certificate in recognition of this support," she said.