Posted at: 06/09/2013 10:35 PM

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Mason City High School Fundraising for Safe Room

(AP) - A foundation is leading a $1 million fundraising campaign to outfit a safe room at Mason City High School as a community auditorium.

The Mason City school district completed the safe room in 2012 with funding from a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

The Education Foundation of Mason City Public Schools now is seeking funding for a space informally called Mohawk Performance Hall.

Foundation president Jay Lala says the campaign is off to a good start thanks to a $300,000 challenge grant from Pat and O. Jay Tomson of Mason City.

Lala says the goal is to complete a 600-seat auditorium by January 2014.