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EDMOND – Have you ever felt guilty about something you’ve done in the past and wished you could go back and make it right?

We all probably have at some point.

Well you won’t believe how that happened Friday today at a metro school…for something that happened 56 years ago.

Friday afternoon the principle at Clegern Elementary shared an amazing anonymous letter with her students during an assembly.

It reads in part: “I have recently returned to church after a 25-year absence. One of the many things I asked God’s forgiveness for was this: stealing a carton of chocolate milk when I was in grade school there in 1958. I’m the oldest of six children and we didn’t have a dime to send with me to school.”  Enclosed with the letter a 100 dollar bill!  100 dollars in exchange for forgiveness for a desperate act of a child all those years ago.  “To have held on to this for all these years…”, says Clegern Principal Teri Cowden-Draper.  “And to pay it back in this way is a lesson to all of us.”

And it’s timely too.

It just so happens the kids are learning more about honesty, trustworthiness and integrity.

The anonymous Clegern alum wants the money to be used for a student or student’s family who needs a little financial help or go towards a project important to the students.

Principal Cowden-Draper says the students will decide what to do with the $100 dollars.