If it's someone's birthday or you just plain miss them but can't give them a hug, do the next best thing — throw them a parade.

People across Haverhill are embracing that philosophy as the coronavirus crisis continues to keep people socially distant.

Recent car parades featured teachers and students who miss each other now that schools have been closed nearly two months.

Last week, Silver Hill Elementary School teachers and other staff members gathered in the school parking lot. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade and their families drove by, waving and cheering the school staff from a distance.

On the same day, Haverhill High School's Multiple Support Program celebrated its senior special needs students with a parade that had teachers driving past the homes of students.

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