Friendship Circle Holds Social Distancing Graduation Parade

June 9, 2020

Social distancing parade visits students with special needs to congratulate those graduating elementary, middle, and high school

Friendship Circle of Michigan applauded all its elementary, middle, and high school graduates today with an all-day social distancing parade of vehicles. The parade visited graduates’ houses to deliver ice cream, smiles from friends, and to say congratulations.

The parade visited the houses of 20 graduates and was headed by the Friendship Circle ice cream truck which handed out treats to the graduates. Families posed for pictures with their graduates outside with homemade colorful posters.

“We recognized that because of social distancing, kids might be feeling isolated in their homes,” said Bassie Shemtov, executive program director at Friendship Circle. “The parade was a way for everyone to connect with each other and share the celebration safely. Seeing the smiling faces of the kids and families makes it all worth it.”

This is the first year Friendship Circle has held a graduation parade. It was the perfect way to congratulate all the graduates while still practicing social distancing since everyone could stay safe in their cars, which were decorated to celebrate. The parade was around 20 cars long with many teen volunteers in attendance who got to visit with their buddies for the first time in months.

“Thank you so much for being such an important part of our life,” said Mara Freund whose son Andrew is graduating from Walled Lake Central High School. “Andrew loved his awesome friends from Friendship Circle.”

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