Teachers and staff from Central elementary roll their parade down Reece Avenue, honking and waving to families and students from the school on Thursday morning. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Teachers and staff from Central elementary roll their parade down Reece Avenue, honking and waving to families and students from the school on Thursday morning. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

PHOTOS: Teachers send ‘we miss you’ message to students via school parade in Chilliwack

Central elementary was one of several Chilliwack schools that held a parade for its students

They waved, they honked, they smiled.

Teachers and staff from Central elementary drove slowly through the residential streets in and around downtown Chilliwack as the school parade passed by the homes of pretty much every one of its student Thursday morning.

With cars, and even some bikes, decked out in green, white and black balloons and posters, the message they were sending out was clear: We miss you.

Central was one of at least half a dozen elementary schools in Chilliwack that held a school parade Thursday where teachers created car convoys. They drove along in their own vehicles, through their school’s neighbourhood, as children waved from their front porches, lawns and balconies.

Nearly every elementary school in the district had its own parade either this week or last. It’s one way teachers and staff are staying connected to their students while maintaining social distancing during school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ MORE: Chilliwack elementary schools roll parades through their neighbourhoods, past students’ homes

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Teachers and staff from Central elementary roll their parade down Reece Avenue, honking and waving to families and students from the school on Thursday morning. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Teachers and staff from Central elementary roll their parade down Reece Avenue, honking and waving to families and students from the school on Thursday morning. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Teachers and staff from Central elementary roll their parade down Young Road, honking and waving to families and students from the school on Thursday morning. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Teachers and staff from Central elementary roll their parade down Young Road, honking and waving to families and students from the school on Thursday morning. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Teachers and staff from Central elementary roll their parade down College Street, honking and waving to families and students from the school on Thursday morning. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Teachers and staff from Central elementary roll their parade down College Street, honking and waving to families and students from the school on Thursday morning. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

One of the dozens of cars in Central elementary’s school parade during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

One of the dozens of cars in Central elementary’s school parade during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)