Fifteen junior and senior high school students from Hiratsuka, Japan, will be staying with Lawrence families Thursday through Saturday.
Their visit is in conjunction with the Hiratsuka-Lawrence sister cities agreement, which will become official later this year.
The group will include four boys and 11 girls from ages 13 to 16. Three adults two city youth leaders and a nurse will accompany them. Friends of Hiratsuka, a local organization, will arrange homestays with American families and plan activities to help the Japanese students become acquainted with Lawrence students and lifestyles.
Members of the Japanese student group, sponsored by Hiratsuka City, were selected from 121 applicants. They were required to write essays on why they want to visit the United States. All of the students have studied English in school.
While Hiratsuka City has sponsored a number of student trips to the United States, this is the first time Lawrence has been included in their itinerary. They also will spend a few days in San Francisco.