But then there was something else -- something unexpected. At the end of the service the Bishop announced that she would conclude the festivities by sprinkling water on the students, the staff, the parents, and the building while saying a blessing.
She got a bowl of water and some boughs of greens and flowers....
...and sure enough, she began moving through the building and the people, sprinkling water and bestowing blessings.
Of course, the children were delighted.
I thought it was a perfect way to end the celebration.