Santa’s elves were passing out longevity stipends to employees of the Orangefield Independent School District today at their Christmas Open House, held in the lobby of the high school gym.

Kitchen elves, Janice Waddell, Kay Wingate and Marla Dubose kept the buffet of ham, roast beef, sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, cake and desserts filled while also serving drinks.

Christmas music filled the air as several different people took their turn on the piano.

The room was filled with members of the community, teachers, administration and school employees.

Superintendent Philip Welch used the festive atmosphere to distribute yearly longevity stipends to Orangefield Schools’ employees. Any employee that has been employed for a full year at the school is eligible. Those with one to five years service received $200; six to ten years received $400; 11-15 years gets $600; 16-20 years earns $800 and those with over 20 years service gets $50 for each year. This year Orangefield employees earned $9,800 total.

Classes continue through next week with early release on Friday, Dec. 19 for the Christmas break.