Nativity School hosts ‘topping out’ ceremony

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Nativity School held a “topping out” ceremony April 8 to commemorate the milestone of the installation of the highest beam on the new facility that will house an indoor gymnasium, science lab, library and meeting place.
Students, parents, teachers and supporters of the school gathered in a courtyard to witness the placing of a pine tree high atop the highest beam of the new structure. “The topping out ceremony is part of an old Nordic custom – it’s a symbol of hospitality,” Father Purcell of the Nativity Church said.
Purcell also noted that another $100,000 had been donated to the school, raising the contributions to $2 million. He blessed the new building, which he said was ahead of schedule and on budget. “And we’re grateful that there have been no injuries,” he added.
Construction crews used a crane to hoist the pine tree to a platform high atop the new structure where it was ceremoniously placed for a short time. A board, which all the students signed, will be built into the structure.

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