World's Best Principal Writes Letter to Tooth Fairy for Little Girl
byKaitlin StanfordApr 15, 2014
One day last week, while sitting in class, 3rd grader Avery Pratchett's tooth suddenly and unexpectedly fell out. As with most kids, this moment was no doubt filled at first with shock and then with glee—when she started thinking about all the cash she was going to get under her pillow that night.
But things didn't exactly go according to plan.
After Avery's tooth popped loose, her 3rd grade teacher at James Hill Elementary School in Langley, B.C., helped her keep it safe inside a "tooth chest necklace," which she hung around her neck. But a tumble at recess broke the necklace apart, and sent the tooth flying—never to be seen again. Avery searched and searched with her friends, but the tooth was gone.
Needless to say, the 3rd grader was more than a little bummed. Did this mean the Tooth Fairy wouldn't be visiting her after all?
Enter, principal Chris Wejr, who quickly let Avery know that these things happen—and he had a solution.
That's when he sent little Avery home with the following letter, which he typed up himself on the school's official letterhead:
In case you were wondering, the plan totally worked, and Avery woke up the next morning to find $5 tucked beneath her pillow. According to her mother, Debbie, Principal Wejr really saved the day. "What could have been a sad memory [turned] into such a wonderful memory for our little girl," she told HuffPost B.C.
For his part, Wejr reminds us that even the smallest kind gestures can mean the world to others. "What is small to us may be huge to a child," he said. "So it is important to stay in the moment and give children the care they need. We need to model kindness and show them they matter."
His letter has since gone viral, and (it goes without saying) is now warming hearts everywhere.