School in Massachusetts Celebrates 23 Pairs of Twins in Eighth Grade
This image provided by Tamatha Bibbo, principal of the Pollard Middle School in Needham, Mass. on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 shows twenty-three sets of twins who graduated from the Pollard Middle School. They make up about 10% of the 8th grade class. (Tamatha Bibbo via AP)

School in Massachusetts Celebrates 23 Pairs of Twins in Eighth Grade

June 13th, 2024

At a school in Needham, Massachusetts, there were 23 pairs of twins. They were students in the eighth grade. This is a big number because there are usually only 5 to 10 pairs of twins at the school. Twins are special because only 3 out of 100 babies are twins. The school said "well done" to the twins at a special event. To finish school, the students had to help people for up to 10 hours. Two twin brothers, Lukas and Sameer Patel, did a great job. They helped people and won a prize for their good work.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. How many pairs of twins were there at the school in Needham, Massachusetts?
. What is special about twins according to the article?
. What did Lukas and Sameer Patel do to win a prize?

📖 Vocabulary

🌐 Cultural context

Needham is a town in Massachusetts, USA. Schools often celebrate student achievements. Twins are two children born at the same time. Community service is valued in education.

🧠 Further reading

Twin study
Scientists study twins to learn about how our bodies and minds work. Twins can be identical or not identical. Identical twins have all the same genes. Not identical twins are like regular brothers or sisters; they do not have all the same genes. These twin studies help us understand if something is caused by the family we grow up in or the genes we are born with. For example, if one twin is taller than the other, it might be because of different things that have happened to them, not their genes. When scientists see something different in one twin but not the other, they think about what might have caused this. This could be something like an accident that happened to only one twin. Studying twins helps us know more about how we grow, think, and feel. It is important to learn about both twins to answer big questions about why people are the way they are.

List of Royal Air Force Glider units
There are special flying schools for the Royal Air Force. They teach people how to fly without engines, using gliders. Gliders are like big birds that can glide in the sky. Some schools are numbered from 1 to 100. Others are from 100 to 200. There are even more from 200 to 700. There are also volunteer schools where people help others learn to fly gliders. There are different kinds of glider groups too. People who want to know more about these flying schools can look in big books. The books have many stories about the schools since the year 1912. Some books were written by a person named Jefford in 1988, another by Alan Lake in 1999, and more by Sturtivant and Hamlin in 2007. These books are very important for learning about the special glider schools.

Youth program
There are special programs for young people who are from 10 to 25 years old. These programs help them play, learn, and help other people. Kids can do sports, help the community, and learn about their rights. Different places have different kinds of these programs. Some are made by the government, some by groups that want to help, and some by businesses. There are many groups that have these programs: - 4-H helps you learn about farming. - YMCA is a place where you can play and meet friends. - Scouts help you learn skills and do fun activities outside. - TrashTag Challenge is when you clean up litter and make places look nice. - Boys and Girls Clubs are places where kids can do fun things after school. These programs are really good for kids to grow up strong and happy.