The Kirkwood Call

Fighting for our boys

Nicholas Purschke stands in front of the Annual Run for ALD sign. Photo courtesy of the Purschke family.
Lila Shepard, features writer December 9, 2020

Staring out his window across the busy city of Minneapolis, 12-year-old, Nicholas Purschke was laying in his hospital bed and dreaming of the day he could be a normal kid again. Now a sophomore at St....

Helping hands: Family

“I want to do everything I can to make our house a home and provide a happy Christmas for my daughter. We are so thankful for our family being recognized and appreciate anything we can get,
Amelia Hurley, editor-in-chief December 1, 2020

Their mother dedicates her life to her family: taking care of her mother every day and striving to support her daughter. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, things worsened. They were stripped of their traditions,...

Helping hands: Additions

When the pandemic hit, the family’s already tight financial situation worsened. The one thing keeping their spirits up day by day is the thought of a new arrival to the family.
Amara Harper, editor-in-chief December 1, 2020

Their day starts early each morning, as their mom wakes up to get the family ready for the day before she leaves for her nearly 12-hour shift at work. By the time she gets home, she barely has enough time...

Working With COVID-19: A Family’s Firsthand Experience of the Virus

Working With COVID-19: A Family’s Firsthand Experience of the Virus
Sim Khanuja, Writer June 22, 2020

COVID-19 has shaken the world. Families all around are impacted by the outbreak. Whether it’s social distancing, job struggles, economic stress or loved ones’ health, COVID-19 has affected society...

Catching up on me

Depiction of a family wearing medical masks standing outside of their home during the COVID-19 pandemic
Lila Shepard, writer June 5, 2020

    I’m sitting at home with my crazy family. I’ve been stuck here since spring break. This sense of being cooped up is a feeling that many people in quarantine know by now. I had...

VoK: LaTanya Caffe

LaTanya Caffe, senior, described the meaning behind her tattoos and fingernails.
Lily Bartin, VoK editor February 24, 2020

“My first tattoo I got after I turned 16. It says with pain comes strength. I got it for my cousin after he was hit by a car. He didn’t survive. That was something that really took a toll on our family....

Senior Profile: Felicia Harris

“I’m one of 12 siblings,” Felicia said. “The oldest is 21 and the youngest is 1, so the house is always busy and loud.
Catherine Butler, opinions writer April 23, 2019
Felicia Harris is one of 12 siblings. She plans to pursue her passion of photography in the future and join the military as an Air Force photographer.

Family event survival guide

I learned how to survive, and I want to help you do the same.
Sophie Chappell, features writer April 8, 2019

While family events may be enjoyable for those who consider themselves to be extroverts, that’s not the case for everyone. Personally, I’ve spent the majority of my time at my relative's houses hiding...

Go ask your mom

In our household, my moms work very hard to parent each of us to our own needs.
Olivia Silvey, staff designer March 31, 2019

We were in the car driving back from one of my weekly therapy sessions, and my mom started talking about Suzan, her best friend at the time. She took a deep breath and said she had to tell me something....

Four neediest cases: family

art by Lizzie Stobbe
Emma Lingo, web managing editor December 4, 2018

Their mother had just gone to the store for some cigarettes and a tea. To please her, her children all decided to take baths so they would be nice and clean when their mother got home. They bathed and...

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