The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

State & National News

August 16, 2013

8 sets of twins enrolled in school's kindergarten

BUNKER HILL, Ind. — Sixteen tiny kindergartners sat on the slide at Pipe Creek Elementary in on their first day of school, waiting for a photographer to take their picture.

It was clear that many didn't know why they were waiting out there on the preschool playground on their first day of classes Thursday. But those 16 children are bound together by a common thread — they are all twins.

Laura Fulton, principal at this school 70 miles north of Indianapolis, thought it was a joke at first.

Her secretary kept calling her during kindergarten registration. Every time, she said the same thing: There is another set of twins.

There were four and then five. And then suddenly there were seven and then eight. Fulton was stunned.

"I said someone has to be playing a trick on us," she said. "This can't be true."

The eight sets of twins make up 10 percent of the kindergarten class. And they are part of a national trend in twin births. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2012 that twin births have more than doubled in the past 30 years. The increase is attributed mostly to an increase in mothers over age 35, who are both more likely to conceive twins naturally and also more likely to receive fertility treatments that result in twins.

At Pipe Creek, twin sisters Madison and Mayah Brennan said they do everything together. In fact, after school Thursday, the girls planned to ride their bikes with no training wheels. The girls were inseparable, clinging to each other on the playground while they waited for a group photo with their fellow twins.

Both said they were relieved to be in the same class this year. Fulton asked them why.

 "Because we’re friends, and we wanted to be together," Mayah said.

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