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Boy Lost His Tooth. No. Really. How His Principal Saved the Day!

See what the principal did to make sure the Tooth Fairy would visit anyway!

Losing a tooth is a rite of passage when you're 6 years old. But actually losing the tooth is a crisis.

That's what happened to a first-grader at Gillett Elementary school in Gillett, WI. The boy was on the school playground in their "ga-ga pit" when his tooth fell out and got lost in the pit. No amount of searching by staff, students and parents could find it. The boy was crushed, imagining that the Tooth Fairy wouldn't visit because he didn't have the evidence.

Principal Curt Angeli had a bright idea: he'd write a letter, confirming the tooth loss. The Gillett News first reported that a school staff member shared the letter to her Facebook page , where, as of this writing, it's had 1.3K shares.

Calling himself a "hobby dentist" Angeli verified that the student had a gap in his teeth that was not there in the morning when he arrived for school, and explained how the tooth was lost.

The letter worked! CNN reports, the student came up to Angeli the next day and proudly announced he got a dollar from the Tooth Fairy. Gillett Elementary is a small, rural school. Angeli has been principal there for 6 years. He told CNN he hasn't written to the Tooth Fairy before, but he always tries to do little things for his students. "Education sometimes is a tough business nowadays," Angeli said.

"Kids come to us from all different places, and you try to infuse that good support and acknowledgment in everything that you do."

People know what a special guy they have in Principal Angeli. "He is a great principal," commented Mike Stemler whose son attends the school. "Gillett Elementary is lucky to have this Principal," echoed Paula Marcec.

Angeli's got a great sense of humor too, evidenced by his tongue-and-cheek (pun intended) post-script: "P.S. I'm still waiting for the money for my wisdom teeth from 1987.Please remit as soon as possible."

When was the last time you went a little bit out of your way to make a bad situation better for someone else? Keep an eye out for your opportunity -- maybe it will happen today -- and join with us at Sparkt to #StartSomethingGood!

(Images: Gillett School District website , Jenna Carlson Facebook page )

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