By Donna Smith
Middle school students and chaperones from Oak Ridge’s sister city of
Naka-shi, Japan are currently visiting the Secret City.
They arrived at McGhee Tyson Airport on Wednesday, according to their itinerary, and met with their host families in Oak Ridge before attending a welcome reception at the Civic Center.
On Thursday, they attended school and toured the city, including the mayor’s office and police station and had lunch at Oak Ridge High School.
Friday, they shopped at Walmart, had lunch at Big Ed’s, visited the International Friendship Bell in A.K. Bissell Park and went to school for the remainder of the day.
This week’s itinerary includes traveling to Gatlinburg on Monday, shopping and sight-seeing, having lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, and going to Ripley’s Museum. On Tuesday, they’ll visit the American Museum of Science and Energy.
The students and adult chaperones depart for home on Wednesday.
The Sister City Support Organization of Oak Ridge in cooperation with the Oak Ridge schools and city of Oak Ridge, has coordinated a middle school student exchange with the sister city of Naka-shi, Japan since 1991. Ten students and two chaperones from the Oak Ridge middle schools traveled to Naka in July. Jerry Luckmann is co-president of the Sister City Support Organization.
Donna Smith can be contacted at (865) 220-5502.