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Donations from community help Cienega seniors take graduation trip

Posted at 3:38 PM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 13:42:39-04

Some major lows and highs for graduating seniors from Cienega High School following misfortune with their graduation trip.

Darcy Mentone with the Vail School District tells KGUN 9 that Cienega High School seniors graduated Saturday. Nearly 75 seniors were supposed to have buses pick them up at midnight last night for their senior grad trip, but the buses never showed up. 

Each student paid $500 for a trip to Disneyland, said Mentone. 

The trip was booked through Senior Grad Trips. The school's student council organized the trip, and the company had great reviews, said Mentone.

When the buses didn't show up at this school to pick up the students, Cienega administration called the company and received no answer. The administration called the hotel, and they said they only received half the payment. The hotel ran the company's credit card, and it was declined. 

The school district is telling parents to dispute the charges, said Mentone.

The following was posted on the Cienega High School Facebook page:

Dear Grad Trip Parents and Guardians,

We share your frustrations regarding the unfortunate circumstance surrounding the CHS senior grad trip. We are actively seeking information from the company, Senior Grad Trips, through which the trip was booked. As of this writing, we’ve been unable to make contact with anyone from the company. We are very sorry for the disruption and disappointment this has caused.

We will share information and updates as we receive them. We will be contacting all families impacted by this throughout the day.

A GoFundMe page was immediately started to help send the seniors on their trip.

Thanks to some very generous donations, this was posted to the Cienega High School Facebook page a short time ago:  

For the senior students that were originally on the Cienega Grad Trip: The Trip is back on! Cienega Administration is personally calling your parents with details. We are leaving tonight!