Dubuque Students May Miss Planned Trip to New York

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By Aaron Hepker

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of students, parents and staff from a Dubuque high school are unsure what to do after a Cedar Rapids travel agency closed without making arrangements for a planned trip to New York despite about $30,000 in advance payments.

The Telegraph Herald reports an attorney representing Integrity Travel notified the school district Monday of problems with the Hempstead High School group's plans.

Hempstead Principal Lee Kolker says officials fear most of the money is lost.

A group of 35 students, five parents and three staffers planned the June trip to New York, which was intended to give students real-world experience and strengthen their study of music.

The group held fundraisers and families made individual contributions.

High schools in Davenport and Center Point also might lose money on planned trips.

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