Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

For a Parkview Elementary-sized school in Sicamous, BC, having two or three sets of twins is not uncommon. Teachers at the school with 205 students, however, stumble across twins this year with six sets to begin the school year 2021-22 — a number that surprised principal Carla Schneider as she looked at the class lists.

“It seems like an anomaly,” Schneider said.

“If my math is correct, one in 17 students at the school is a twin.”

Global friendship has increased by a third since the 1980s – from 9.1 sets per game. 1,000 deliveries to 12, according to a study released earlier this year.

Researchers cite the rise in medically assisted reproduction and delayed birth as factors.

That equates to a rate of one child in every 42 being born as a twin, meaning Parkview Elementary is breaking the twin trend.

One in 17 children at Parkview are twins. Left to right 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 education, I have never seen anything like it,” Schneider said.

The six sets of twins are spread fairly evenly between classes at the school, Schneider said, with only class 2 and kindergarten not having one set. Two sets are identical twins.

Logan and Aurora Dawson are the youngest of the six sets and share a Class 1 class.

“Logan and Aurora are very close. They are each other’s best friends,” Schneider said.

“They definitely play with other kids, but they love each other and they’re a joy to be around.”

According to Logan, it’s not just fun, and gaming is a twin.

Identical twins Levi and Cody have a bit of a love-hate relationship and wish they were not alike. (Andrew Lee / CBC)

“The bad thing is we fight a lot,” he said, hugging Aurora.

“Not much,” Aurora claimed, adding the best thing about having a twin brother is that she’s never alone.

Many of Parkview 12 say that having a twin has more positive things than disadvantages.

Emily Presley in Class 3 is always on her brother Nathan’s side, even though she says they fight sometimes too.

“What I like about being twins is that I always have someone to take care of,” she said.

‘She always has my back’

Identical twins Cody and Levi Clark wish they were not in the same class together — the students in class 6 admit that they have a little love-hate relationship.

“[The worst thing is] have to look as ugly as him, “said Cody, gesturing to his twin.

On this point, Levi agrees. “I don’t like him either,” he said.

Despite some sibling rivalry, Schneider mostly says that all the twin sets come together.

The twin factor at her school is the news of the city, she said, adding that it is an uplifting storyline across the school district at a time when many schools are being challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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