After tornado, Iowa students to attend class in churches


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LAKE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Students at South Central Calhoun High School will attend classes at various locations throughout Lake City after a tornado damaged the building.

School officials say classes will be held in churches, a library and a community center, the Fort Dodge Messenger (http://bit.ly/1H3VRgL ) reported. The last day for students will be May 28.

The EF1 tornado on Sunday tore off the roof of the school's auditorium, where more than 100 people were gathered for an awards ceremony. No one was hurt. A temporary roof will be installed until the damaged roof can permanently be replaced.

Students were allowed back into school Tuesday to empty their lockers and gather their belongings.

Sophomore Ryan Brown picked up art projects he had been working on at the school and was happy to find that none of his work had been damaged by the storm. Another sophomore, Brendan Henkelman, said it was strange being inside the school just days after the storm.

"It's kind of depressing because we were in here just a couple days ago, and now it's ruined," he said.

Other items from the school, including copiers, computers and library books, were removed as well.

Mayor Gary Fahan applauded the work of volunteers who helped clean up areas in town damaged by the storm, which he said could have been a lot worse.

"You can't believe all the people that come," he said. "It makes you feel good to live in the Midwest."

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Information from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net

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