Schools are closed because of the COVID-19 crisis.

At Saluda River Academy for the Arts, the administration, teachers, faculty and staff miss the children dearly.

So the leaders of SRAA conducted a parade Wednesday to show their students that their school loves and supports them during this difficult time, said Cameron Beeler, SRAA guidance counselor.

The “Honk for Bobcat Unity in the Community Parade,” rolled out of the SRAA back parking lot at 11 a.m.

The line of 25-to-30 vehicles, driven by teachers, and other school personnel, snaked along the SRAA bus routes, honking and waving at Bobcat student and their families who assembled along the route.

Some of the students waved from their bus stops, while others stood in their yards with a parent, as the procession passed by.

Some families parked their car along the route to welcome the parade.

The idea was to see everyone while practicing social distancing, with the theme of flattening the coronavirus curve, as soon as possible.

During the parade, the parade participants, and the spectators maintained a 6-ft. minimum distance from person to person.

The parade did not stop as a part of the effort to limit close contact.

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