After Brian showed up for the entire first week of summer school, just to hang out, I called down to the vice principal to see if he could earn some credit for the class. Having already taken photography and advanced photography, the principal offered Brian the chance to earn five credits for being my teacher's aide.
Yesterday Brian showed up to class with a backpack, which in itself is pretty unusual because he had never brought one before and a teacher's aide does not really need any supplies, especially my aides who have two jobs: bubble the roll and try to beat me at card games.
Even more unusual was that Brian did not remove his backpack for the entire duration of class. Five hours he had his backpack on his back, not removing it even for lunch. About four hours into the day I finally asked, "Do you have drugs in that thing or what?"
Brian opened up his backpack and, with pride, showed me what he had inside--the thing so important that it was worth wearing a backpack around all day.
"I gots me checks!"
Sure enough, Brian got a checkbook with M&M checks. He was on check #102 having written one check for $38.
I guess if you are a high schooler who just got checks, you're gonna have to find a place to keep them. The most obvious place? Yo' backpack!