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Batman and Robin visit the Special Learning Center

Children dressed in superhero masks and capes cheered, cheered and waved, their eyes lighting up as Batman and Robin pulled into the special learning center Thursday morning in their Batmobile.

Batman and Robin travel from Gotham City once a year to visit the Special Learning Center. The tradition began about 10 years ago when the Special Learning Center sent the Bat-Signal to summon them for “Superhero Day”, said Batman.

Batman said he loved seeing how happy the students were to see them, and he said those kids were the real superheroes.

“They become like superheroes themselves, because they work really hard,” he said.

Robin said it was gratifying to see the joy on the students’ faces as they pulled up in the Batmobile, a black Corvette with the Batman logo on the side and a Gotham City license plate.

“The kids here are great,” he said. “It’s fun to stop because when they see the car their eyes light up. We have the awesome Batmobile so it really brings it all together.”

After Batman and Robin greeted the students and gave them a high-five, the students took pictures with them in front of the Batmobile, and some even got to sit in the driver’s seat. Afterwards, Batman and Robin walked through the halls of the Special Learning Center and spent more time with the children.

Special Learning Center student Jackson Skain dressed in a black mask and cape for the big day. He said it was so exciting to meet “the real Batman”, his favorite superhero.

“He’s been talking all morning about how the ‘real Batman’ is happening today,” said Stephanie Johnson, executive director of the Special Learning Center. “That’s what it’s all about – the real Batman and Robin are here today.”

Johnson said Superhero Day is an exciting and magical day for students.

“Superheroes come in all different shapes and sizes, but there’s something magical about kids’ concept of what a superhero is – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman…” said Johnson. “We know that in the real world, as adults, superheroes are the people who work here every day and come to change children’s lives, but there’s nothing more exciting than seeing the magic in a child’s eyes when the Batmobile stops.”

She said she was grateful to Batman and Robin for taking time out of their busy schedules to make it a special day for the kids.

“Many of the children who come to the special learning center have gone through difficult obstacles in their childhood and childhood, and some will face these obstacles for the rest of their lives, so it is nice to sometimes take a break from all the hard work that we put in place to help them move forward,” she said.

Superhero Day is also about celebrating the wonder of what a superhero is.

“A superhero is someone who comes to the aid of others,” Johnson said. “A superhero is a concept of love, compassion, hope – and that’s what we’re filled with here.”

Julie Smith/News Tribune Caped vigilante Batman made an appearance at the Special Learning Center again. with his faithful sidekick Robin. The annual event has become something students and staff look forward to. Adhering a Batman logo to a Corvette, Batman and Robin walk past the school honking and waving to the delight of the students, many of whom are wearing some sort of superhero costume or T-shirt featuring their hero prefer. The purpose of the visit is to show that every child can be a superhero in their own way by listening to their teachers and parents, helping a sibling or any number of things that show manners or respect.
photo Julie Smith/News Tribune They’ve arrived. Batman and Robin pass the Special Learning Center on Thursday before entering the parking lot to see the students on Superhero Day. The purpose of the visit is to show that every child can be a superhero in their own way by listening to their teachers and parents, helping a sibling or any number of things that show manners or respect.
photo Julie Smith/News Tribune Robin turns to Lawson Elementary School students as they gather at the playground fence next to the Special Learning Center. Robin and Batman made an appearance at the school again for Superhero Day. The annual event has become something students and staff look forward to. The purpose of the visit is to show that every child can be a superhero in their own way by listening to their teachers and parents, helping a sibling or any number of things that show manners or respect.
photo Julie Smith/News Tribune Abby Fisher was thrilled to get into the Batmobile on Thursday during Batman and Robin’s visit to the special learning center for Superhero Day.

In the digital edition, watch Batman and Robin visit students at the Special Learning Center as Executive Director Stephanie Johnson talks about the magic of Superhero Day.