After returning to Moscow last October, Brian had a 5 or 6-week stint as an assistant teacher, well, that's what the job description said lah. I had received an email from the school's gifted/differentiation specialist which said, "I am offering an afterschool activity for 4th and 5th graders who love math and problem solving. It begins this Thursday at 3:30. Would Brian like to join us as an assistant teacher? I can't offer him any money or anything but I would be glad to buy him a snack of his choice. We will be working on math problems from past AMC 8 competitions and I am sure he would be a much bigger help than me for some of them. Even if he could come a few times that would be great!"
So after school every Thursday, he would rush from Middle School to Elementary school and help out at the club. He didn't accept the offer of the snack. But on the last day of the club, he came home with this gift certificate, worth 750 rubles, to be used at the PTO store. What a very nice gesture from the teacher, I thought.