Girl thinks her tooth is gone for good until this happens ...

Published On: Oct 07 2013 07:25:53 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 04 2013 05:00:00 PM HST

A school custodian went above and beyond to teach a little girl a lesson about not giving up.

Caroline Buresh said she put her newest prized possession – her tooth – inside a small purple box.

The second grader, who recently turned 7, wanted to show it off, but those plans took a turn.

"I forgot it was on my tray, and I put it in the trash can," she said.

Luckily, Paul Letcher, the school's custodian, was nearby helping out during the lunchroom rush.

"She was visibly upset with tears and very unhappy," Letcher said.

Caroline thought she'd never see it again. But Letcher recognized this as a teaching moment.

"I said, 'Well, we won't let 'no' define us. Let's see what we can do,'" Letcher said.

After all, Letcher, a father himself, knew how little things mean a lot to a kid.

"I realized this was a very big deal to her," Letcher said.

But this meant digging deep into his conviction, into a barrel full of disgusting goo.

But it only took 20 minutes before Letcher found it.

"It was incredible that Paul could find it," Caroline said. "I wasn't sure he could find it, but he actually could."

The gesture left the little girl with a big smile, her purple box and her tooth.

She put it under her pillow that night, and she got money and got to keep the tooth.


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