Kirkwood High School student newspaper

Four neediest cases: sophomore

December 12, 2017

In most ways she is just like any other teen.

She likes macaroni and cheese and Chris Brown. She fights with her siblings and wants to be a lawyer when she grows up.
But one thing is different: she can not relate to the other students at KHS.

After waking up at 5:30 a.m., she gets on a bus and begins the 40-minute commute to school. She arrives greeted by both familiar and unfamiliar faces. As she navigates the halls, she notices something: hundreds of students texting on iPhones lugging around North Face backpacks. She says one of the hardest things about attending KHS is watching students using products, which they are so lucky to have, and be so ungrateful for them.

“I am not really like Kirkwood people,” she said, “I can’t just get whatever I want whenever I want it. Even if money wasn’t a problem, my mom would make us work for it.”
After school, she gets back on the bus for another long ride back to the city. When she arrives home she waits for her mother to get back from her job. She says most nights it’s not until 10 or 11 p.m.

Nevertheless she waits to greet her mom who she said she has a close relationship with. Yet still, she wishes she was home more often. She is used to having others around the house, but when her grandma found out she had to go through radiation, she was left to watch her siblings at home alone.

She says her neighborhood is not the safest place, and after school it’s better if she and her siblings stay inside when there is not an adult around. And as she watches her sisters and waits around to make dinner with her mother, she looks forward to the future and what she hopes to accomplish.

“The biggest thing I am looking forward too is being able to get out of St. Louis and explore the world,” she said.

But for now, she is focusing on school and doing all she can to help at home. Because in her mind, her life is just like any other teen.

Donation list:

Household needs: Store and food gift cards, laundry detergent, dish soap, toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, five toothbrushes, hand soap, bathroom cleaner, microwave, trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels, fabric Softener, paper plates, laundry baskets, help with electric and gas bills

Person A (female, late-teens)
Queen-sized mattress cover, sheets, pillow and comforter set (preferably in blue)
Medium sized clothes
Boots in a 7½ or 8
Black ankle socks in sizes 4-10

Person B (female, mid-teens)

New Mattress (preferably queen sized to fit bed frame)
Box Spring
Comforter Set with pillows (preferably red)
Clothes in size 3X in pants and tops (leggings)
Women’s ankle socks size 8-12

Person C (female, early-teens)
Mattress
Boxspring, frame, and headboard
Comforter set and pillows (preferably purple)
Clothes in size 1X in pants (leggings), 2X in shirts, size 8 in panties
Ankle socks in size 4-10
Boots and shoes in size 10½ and 11

Person D (female, pre-teens)
Sheets and comforter with pillows for twin sized bed (preferably white/aqua)
Clothes size 14-16 (leggings and skinny jeans)
Ankle socks size 4-10
Panties size 14-16
Short boots size 5½-6

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