The Green Sweater Girl and the Five Dollar Bill

One day, the Green Sweater Girl and her best friends, Molly and Sam, were in the school cafeteria, waiting in line for lunch.

“I’m going to get pizza,” Sam said. “What are you getting, Green Sweater Girl?”

The Green Sweater Girl looked at the lunch money Mama had given her. $3.00 — enough for a regular lunch. Pizza was on the ala carte menu and cost $1.00 extra.

“I want pizza too,” the Green Sweater Girl pouted. “But I don’t have enough money.”

Suddenly, something amazing happened. There was a five dollar bill under the Green Sweater Girl’s shoe! She picked it up, and jumped with joy. Now she had enough for pizza!

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Then the Green Sweater Girl heard someone crying. She saw a boy talking to Ms. Hart and sniffling. He said he’d lost his lunch money: a five-dollar bill.

The Green Sweater Girl looked down at the money she’d found and wondered what to do. If she kept it, she could have pizza like Sam. But the other boy would be hungry, and it was his money anyway. She made up her mind and walked over to the boy.

“I think I found your lunch money,” the Green Sweater Girl said.

The boy’s face lit up. “Thanks!” he said. He gave her a big hug, even though they didn’t know each other.

The Green Sweater Girl ate a ham sandwich, feeling happy inside. She knew she did the right thing, and that was better than pizza.