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The Van Clark family of Indianola gathers on the playground at Irving Elementary, where the kids have attended elementary school. Dad Alex and kids 11-year-old Emberli, 6-year-old Enzli and 2-year-old Ender all have a form of dwarfism called Hypochondroplasia. Amanda and 8-year-old Eddisyn are of average height.

Alex and Amanda Van Clark were excited for their oldest daughter, Emberli, to head to Indianola Middle School for the first time this school year. The soft-spoken 11-year-old loves to read, swim and make new friends, even if she’s a little shy at first.

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Alex Van Clark holds his son, Ender, on the playground at Irving Elementary while Eddisyn shows off his new hairdo.

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The Van Clark family of Indianola gathers on the playground at Irving Elementary, where the kids have attended elementary school. Dad Alex and kids 11-year-old Emberli, 6-year-old Enzli and 2-year-old Ender all have a form of dwarfism called Hypochondroplasia. Amanda and 8-year-old Eddisyn are of average height.

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Alex Van Clark holds his son, Ender, in the playground at Irving Elementary. Alex and and his wife, Amanda, of Indianola have four children, three with a form of dwarfism called Hypochondroplasia.

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The Van Clark family of Indianola gathers on the playground at Irving Elementary, where the kids have attended elementary school. Dad Alex and kids 11-year-old Emberli, 6-year-old Enzli and 2-year-old Ender all have a form of dwarfism called Hypochondroplasia. Amanda and 8-year-old Eddisyn are of average height.

(4) comments

Vselecman

Thank you for this story. I remember John Van Clark was in my son’s Boy Scout troop, and it seemed the other boys accepted and included him. But times are different now, sadly, and only education can help prevent teasing and name calling, especially at middle school.


Steve Rose

Great piece. I've noticed this family about town. Wonderful to get the back story, and the instance of the kids noticing the baby with a feeding tube--excellent way to end the story.


Jenny Staff
Jenny

Thanks, Steve! It was such a joy to meet and write about this family. I admire their candor and the care they take in being inclusive of others, too.


Marjorie80

More parents need to stand up for their children and raise them with respect for everyone.


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