When the class gets back to Beecher Prep, August sees Mom waiting for him with the other parents. Mr. Tushman already told her about what happened and mentioned that the camp plans to pay for August's new hearing aids. August wonders if Eddie kept them as a souvenir. He doesn't shake off Mom's hug and even lets her carry his duffel bag. Mr. Tushman gives August a quick hug before August and Mom leave.
Mr. Tushman's hug shows that he deeply cares for his students and wants to make sure that what happened to August doesn't happen again. When August accepts Mom's hug, it shows that he's ready to go back to being a kid again for a little while as he recovers from this very adult experience.