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Iowa high school postpones destination prom because of weather

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The weather this month has impacted so many eastern Iowans.

One school decided to do something they've never done before. South Hardin High School in Eldora decided to postpone their destination prom. 

They were supposed to have it at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cedar Falls this past weekend.

But the school posted to Facebook and notified families early Saturday morning, saying. "Due to deteriorating weather conditions, a decision was made that in the best interest of student safety that all prom activities for this evening have been postponed to a date and time to be determined. Prom at South Hardin is an important event and we realize that a number of items were already in place. Venues booked, food catered, bussed in place, tuxes rented, dresses purchased, hair, makeup, etc. A makeup date is currently being worked on and details will be released as soon as they can. This makeup date will not be this current weekend (April 14th-15th). We apologize for the inconvenience and hardships associated with this. "

Principal Michael Rundall says, "We have kind of a non-traditional prom, in which we have a destination prom, and we have students getting on buses. We just felt with the roads, and the way they were, we just needed to make the best decision for student safety. You can't bring kids back from an accident." 

Some students, like Junior Sybil Below, were disappointed when hearing the news. She says, "I'm not gonna lie; I cried a lot when we cancelled. It's only because I was really excited."

She says despite being disappointed, she's happy the school decided to postpone. She adds, "I'd rather have a prom that's later where everyone can come, rather than a prom where we end up losing people because of the weather." 

The school's new date for prom is April 28th. The school is currently deciding on a new location. Principal Rundall says postponing prom did not have a huge impact on cost. He says the Hilton Garden Inn, along with the bus and photography companies, did not charge them for cancelling that day. He adds that a lot of the food can be frozen and saved for a later date. There are also a lot of volunteers stepping up to help serve and make food for April 28th. 

Now the students are crossing their fingers for better weather on April 28th. Many students in the Junior class are also scrambling to help with any last-minute changes that need to be made these next few weeks. 

"I heard that the weather's supposed to be 68 and sunny, but we'll see because you know how the weather in Iowa can be a little bipolar. I'm hoping that it's nice because I'm taking a convertible," Junior Claire Estes says. 

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