Elves Visit School Cafeterias For Some Holiday Mischief

The popular holiday tradition featuring the mischievous pixie elf has made its way into the school cafeteria! Pixie elves, who work for Santa, have been around since the 1950s but the introduction of the infamous “Elf of the Shelf” in 2005, gave them new life. After gaining popularity among families, school food service professionals thought having their very own cafeteria elf would be a fun way to incorporate the children’s’ excitement of the holidays into the school meal experience.

Elves started popping up all over schools, especially in cafeterias, where they are on the lookout for any naughty behavior from students. Elves have been seen hiding in the funniest of places, like the cafeteria food lines at Venice Elementary School in Osprey (FL) or the napkin dispensers in Jefferson Elementary School in Winona Lake (IN).

Some elves helped decorate the cafeteria, like Spunky, the mischievous elf that visited the Norris Elementary School in Clinton (TN) (collage below). Spunky wrote messages on the white boards, decorated the tree, hung stockings for cafeteria staff members and even took some milk and graham cracker snack breaks.


The Taconic Hills Elementary School in Taconic Hills (NY)  resident elf couldn’t help but get into trouble, hanging from the ceiling by a large mixing wisk from the cafeteria kitchen. One of Santa’s elves was spotted sitting on top of the clock in the Minford Elementary School in Minford (OH), overlooking all the students in the cafeteria. Candy the Elf watched over students from on top of the basketball hoop at Midwest Central High School in Manito (IL) – and at 5 inches tall, that was no small feat!

Even staff have gotten into the fun, dressing up as elves, like Uintah Elementary School’s principal in Salt Lake City (UT) who greeted students from on top of the school’s roof dressed as an Elf on the Shelf.  Jazzy the Elf makes an appearance each year at Terry Public Schools in Terry (MT) cafeterias.

The story of elf describes how Santa’s little helpers visit children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve each year. After watching the family’s events during the day, the mischievous little elf flies back to the North Pole at night to report to Santa who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Before the family wakes up, the elf returns from the North Pole and hides in a new spot in the house. Children cannot touch the Elf on the Shelf or it’ll lose its Christmas magic, making them unable to fly back to the North Pole.

These little pranksters cause all kinds of trouble while they visit schools, eating the cafeteria food along the way!


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