Sister city students to be welcomed today
Ten high school students from the Siberian village of Baikalsk have been transported from the shores of Lake Baikal to the shores of Lake Tahoe where they will be formally greeted today by South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County officials.
The students have traveled to Tahoe to take part in the annual Watershed Education Summit, a program for El Dorado County high school students who are interested in the fields of science and the environment.
The event is coordinated through the Tahoe Baikal Institute, which has offered exchange programs for students in the past. It was funded by Oleg Svanyuta of Davis, who as a child grew up on the shores of Lake Baikal before moving to America. Svanyuta now lives in Davis with his family and has a second home in South Lake Tahoe.
The students enjoyed an orientation and a buffet dinner on Saturday and rode bikes to Baldwin Beach on Sunday. Aside from the Watershed Summit, which will be held at Union Valley Reservoir, the students will visit Heavenly Ski Resort, take a ride on a paddle-wheeler and visit South Tahoe High School.
The public is invited to an official welcoming ceremony for the students beginning at 5 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe City Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe councilmembers, officials from the Tahoe Baikal Institute and District 5 Supervisor Dave Solaro will host the festivities.