BUNKER HILL — Sixteen tiny kindergartners sat on the slide at Pipe Creek Elementary on their first day of school, waiting for the photographer to take their photo.
It was clear that many didn’t know why they were waiting out there on the preschool playground, while some of their classmates were at recess and others were in class.
But those 16 children are bound together by a common thread — a thread their 150 classmates don’t share. They are all twins.
That’s eight sets of twins in one class. That’s crazy, principal Laura Fulton said.
Fulton thought it was a joke at first.
Her secretary kept calling her during kindergarten registration. Every time, she said the same thing: There are 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 most twins Fulton remembers having in one grade level before this year were three.
“Three is unheard of,” she said. “Four is really unheard of. Eight is … well, I don’t know what you call that.”
The eight sets of twins make up 10 percent of the kindergarten class.
Fulton isn’t sure how many of them are identical.
Three are boy-girl pairs, though, making at least those three sets fraternal twins.
Twins Madison and Mayah Brennan don’t look all that much alike. One has brown hair and the other blond.
But they were dressed like twins for the first day of school — both donning matching Hello Kitty shirts and black leggings.
They do everything together, they said. In fact, after school on Thursday, the girls planned to ride their bikes with no training wheels.
Madison, the blond twin, said there is one thing she and her sister don’t share — a love of melons.