Students and faculty at Incarnate Word Academy held a "Topping Out" ceremony Tuesday in honor of the construction of the school's new Montessori campus.

The building is a 14,000 square-foot space for students to play and learn. School officials said construction on the campus is halfway through and will be completed by the end of the school year.

In 2016, Incarnate Word Academy celebrated 50 years of the Montessori program.

"Up until now the classrooms have been spread out, a classroom here and there, so this will be the first time the classrooms are housed in one building," IWA President and CEO Sammie H. Grunwald said.

Students were allowed to sign bricks that would be put in place on the building. Santa Claus made a special appearance and signed a brick of his own at the ceremony.

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