A group of nearly two-dozen high school students from Germany arrived in Watertown this week, where they will spend the next several weeks living with Watertown-Mayer High School students and their families.
Their visit is part of the German American Partnership Program, which Watertown-Mayer High School German students have participated in on an every-other year basis since 2000. A group of Watertown-Mayer German students made the trip to Germany this summer and stayed with a German host family for several weeks. Now, the German students are now making a return trip, staying with the same WMHS student that stayed in their home this summer.
The 23 German students and their two teachers are all from Scheffel-Gymnasium in the Black Forest town of Lahr, Germany. On Tuesday, they visited Watertown City Hall, where they received a lesson from city administrator Luke Fischer on the workings of local government in Watertown, and also got to visit with members of the Watertown Fire Department and Carver County Sheriff’s Office and see the fire truck and squad car. Later, they participated in a scavenger hunt that took them all over downtown and into local businesses.
During their stay, the students will be attending school at Watertown-Mayer and shadowing their host student at times, while also taking day trips to see some of the sights around the Twin Cities.