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This small B.C. college is tripping over twins

For a college the dimensions of Parkview Elementary in Sicamous, B.C., having two or three units of twins shouldn’t be unusual. However, the varsity of 205 college students had six units of twins to start the 2021-22 college yr — a determine that caught principal Carla Schneider unexpectedly when she appeared on the class lists.

Cody and Levi Clark, rear, and Logan and Aurora Dawson, entrance, are two of the six units of twins presently attending Parkview Elementary School in Sicamous, B.C. (Andrew Lee/CBC )

For a college the dimensions of Parkview Elementary in Sicamous, B.C., having two or three units of twins shouldn’t be unusual. However, academics on the college of 205 college students are tripping over twins this yr with six units to start the 2021-22 college yr — a determine that caught principal Carla Schneider unexpectedly when she appeared on the class lists.

“It looks as if an anomaly,” Schneider stated.

“If my math is right that is one in 17 college students within the college that could be a twin.”

The world charge of twinning has elevated by a 3rd because the Eighties — from 9.1 units per 1,000 deliveries to 12, in keeping with a examine launched earlier this yr.

Researchers cite the rise in medically assisted replica and delayed childbearing as elements. 

That works out to a charge of 1 youngster in each 42 being born a twin, which implies Parkview Elementary is bucking the dual development.

One in 17 kids at Parkview are twins. Left to proper Cody and Levi Clark, Maycie and Max Lane, Dustin and Dillon Hilder, Kate Osmundson (sister Reece Kate not pictured), Nathan and Emily Presley and Logan and Aurora Dawson. (Submitted by Carla Schneider)

“In my 25 years of schooling, I’ve by no means seen something like this,” stated Schneider.

The six units of twins are unfold pretty evenly among the many grades within the college, Schneider stated, with solely Grade 2 and kindergarten not having a set. Two units are similar twins.

Logan and Aurora Dawson are the youngest of the six units and share a Grade 1 class.

“Logan and Aurora are very a lot connected to one another. They are one another’s finest associates,” Schneider stated. 

“They completely play with different youngsters however they love one another and they’re a pleasure to be round.”

According to Logan, it isn’t all enjoyable and video games being a twin.

Identical twins Levi and Cody have a little bit of a love-hate relationship and want they did not appear like each other. (Andrew Lee/CBC)

“The dangerous factor is that we struggle so much,” he stated, whereas hugging Aurora.

“Not so much,” Aurora asserted, including one of the best factor about having a twin brother is that she’s by no means alone.

Many of the Parkview 12 say having a twin has extra positives than drawbacks.

Emily Presley in Grade 3 is all the time on her brother Nathan’s facet, although she says they too struggle typically.

“What I like about being twins is that I all the time have somebody to look out for,” she stated. 

‘She all the time has my again’

Identical twins Cody and Levi Clark want they weren’t in the identical class collectively — the Grade 6 college students admit they’ve a little bit of a love-hate relationship occurring. 

“[The worst thing is] having to look as ugly as him,” Cody stated, gesturing to his twin.

On this level, Levi agrees. “I do not like trying like him both,” he stated.

Despite some sibling rivalry, Schneider says for probably the most half all the dual units get alongside.

The twin issue at her college is the information of the city, she stated, including it is an uplifting story line throughout the varsity district in a time when many faculties are challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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