Teacher plans group Paris trip

Friday, February 1, 2013

La Vie en Rose. Midnight in Paris. Moulin Rouge. Eureka Springs High School art teacher Jessica Cummings is hosting an information meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, for parents and students interested in visiting the City of Light in the summer of 2014.

Cummings is offering the trip to Paris through ESHS, but it is open to anyone 13 or over -- home-schooled students, private school students, parents and members of the community.

"This year we're really trying to reach out to everyone in Carroll County," Cummings said.

The itinerary, offered through Education First Tours, is posted at www.eftours.com/1298904. It departs Wednesday, June 5, 2014, from Tulsa and returns Wednesday, June 12. Cost includes airfare, six nights hotel with breakfast and dinner daily, a guided walking tour of the city, guided tours of Paris and Versailles, and entrance fees for the Palace of Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay, known for its collection of Impressionist paintings. Two days are open, with optional day trips to Chartres and Giverney available.

"We're hoping to get to Monet's home," Cummings said.

The focus is exposing students to art, Cummings said, but you don't have to be an artist to appreciate the trip. Cummings, who teaches art and art history at ESHS, said she chose Education First because the company is easy to work with and takes care of everything for you. ESHS has previously sponsored student trips to Italy, France and Germany, Cummings said.

The information meeting is Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. in the art room at the new Eureka Springs High School on Lake Lucern Road. For more information, contact Cummings at jcummings@es.k12.ar.us or call 479-253-8875.

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