The first day is almost here and something is happening in almost every corner of the new Saint Joseph High School, especially downstairs in the area called "Heritage Hallway."
Things were also busy in the library, where the Dewey Decimal System came in handy. "(It was) pounded it into our heads," said Emma Kelley, who will be a freshman this fall. Kelley among the students who volunteered to help with the big move.
Throughout the day, excitement was building for the school's big debut.
"I was boasting to my friends who go to different schools about all of the different technology and the gym, outside and the field," said Arnaud Cyusa, junior and athlete at Saint Joseph.
New. Modern, energy efficient with breathtaking views of downtown South Bend … students say things are so cool … but not the way you might think.
"It obviously has air conditioning," said Kelley. "In the last building there was no air conditioning … so it got hot and stuffy in there," said Cyusa.
There is one other thing, everyone at the school has been talking about the water fountains. They’re definitely not your average fountain.
Sensors will fill your water bottle and show you how many plastic bottles were saved from landfills. While everyone marvels at what's new … there's still a ways to go.
The chapel isn't ready and other areas are still a work in progress.
"I'm so happy for the community," said Allison Macdonell, Saint Joseph High School alum. "I'm hoping even though we are in a new building, and it's a beautiful facility, I hope the spirit of St. Joseph stays in the community even though we are in the new place."
Bishop Kevin Rhoades will bless the student entrance and he will be part of the dedication ceremony set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. An open house has been scheduled for the same day.