Students take off for Poland

Eilat is looking distinctly empty of senior high-school students this week after 119 12th-graders left the city for the annual school trip to Poland, reports The students, from the city's three high schools, will visit ghettos, concentration camps, a Jewish cemetery and the Janusz Korczak orphanage in Warsaw before returning to Israel next week. Each school group is being accompanied by two or three teachers. According to the report, while most of the students paid the NIS 6,200 cost of the trip themselves, the municipality assisted 30 of them from a special scholarship fund. This year, the city increased the amount available in the fund for the trip from NIS 60,000 to NIS 80,000 - an average of NIS 2,600 for each of the 30 students.