JENNY the lollipop lady donned her Christmas elf costume on the second last day of school to bring smiles to the students of Horsham.
Jenny Smith has been a lollipop lady for over 25 years and still finds it "rewarding".
"It's a bit sad at the end of the year, knowing you won't see the kids you've seen from the word go because they're going off to secondary college " Ms Smith said.
"But it's good because you never know what the kids are going to say to you. They come up to me with good little stories and you never know what they're going to come up with."
Ms Smith started on Natimuk Road and in 2000 moved to work on McPherson Road.
Ms Smith has watched over students as they grow.
She said one girl she has known since she was in the pram passed her crossing this week.
"She told me how she was getting bigger now," she said.
The closing of schools due to the pandemic made it hard as Ms Smith couldn't see her students when schools were closed.
"That was a bit sad and I missed it," she said.
"The kids crossing the path, telling me their stories, saying 'g'day' and being really friendly. You miss those things. They're like family to you."
Many students dropped off treats as a thank you to Ms Smith at the end of the school year.
"At the end of the year I get quite a few lollies," Ms Smith said.
"One young boy who is going to St Brigid's next year got out of school early. He made a special trip to come back and give me a present and say thanks for getting him across the road safely.
"The things they write on the Christmas cards at the end of the year to me, it makes you feel so special you've done something for these kids."
Ms Smith said she also remembered by students from past locations.
"The kids that I have seen from when I did Natimuk crossing, they still remember me," she said.
"Some of those kids make my day by being so friendly. Sometimes we can make their day."
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