The kindergarten is going to do something really cool — a charity auction to benefit the orphanages of Vasilyevsky Island (the part of town the kindergarten is in). Radical lefty activism it isn’t, but I’m excited to have an outlet for my American do-gooder impulses and a way to assuage my guilt over teaching only the most affluent kids in St. Petersburg. Russians aren’t much into charity stuff, so I was really pleasantly surprised when I was told about it.