Superhero Day a huge hit at Special Learning Center

Luke Wieberg has a lot of questions for his idol, Batman, as they and Robin posed for photographs by the Batmobile. It was Super Hero Day at The Special Learning Center on Thursday, and Batman and Robin did not disappoint. The children, many of whom wore super hero costumes, were thrilled to see the crime fighting duo.

Luke Wieberg has a lot of questions for his idol, Batman, as they and Robin posed for photographs by the Batmobile. It was Super Hero Day at The Special Learning Center on Thursday, and Batman and Robin did not disappoint. The children, many of whom wore super hero costumes, were thrilled to see the crime fighting duo. Photo by Julie Smith.

The flashing lights of a police car could be seen first, then the Batmobile, a blue 1979 Corvette, speeding down Jefferson City's Fairgrounds Road.

The cars pulled up in front of the Special Learning Center to a wide-eyed group of children, all dressed as their favorite superhero characters for Superhero Day.

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Students were filled with excitement as the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder visited each classroom to tell the students how easy it is to be a super hero at school and at home. Batman and Robin entered rooms Thursday to shrieks of excitement and “wow” at the annual Super Hero Day at The Special Learning Center.

There were Spidermen, Captains America, cowboys, princesses, SpongeBob and even Luigi, all ready to give Batman and Robin a high-five.

Batman and Robin visited the school to talk about superheroes and who heroes are in a family.

“We want to teach them that anyone can be a hero to you,” said Debbie Hamler, SLC director.

“Every day you’re a helper, you’re a superhero,” Batman told children in one classroom.

The duo visited every classroom and brought the children cookies and superhero prizes. Scholastic also donated a copy of the book “Hero Dad” for each child.

When asked what makes her a superhero, Olivia Carrender said she always helps her mom and dad.

“I help my mom wash the clothes,” she said.

Jackson Hood, dressed as Luigi, thought Batman and Robin were nice, and he really liked their car.

Hamler said Superhero Day is one of the neatest things that SLC does in the spring. The event, which has taken place for a couple of years, was organized by an SLC volunteer, and Batman and Robin were played by a couple of community members.

“All of our kids love superheroes, and they all love to dress up,” Hamler said. “I think it’s important to teach children that all people in their lives can be heroes.”

Accompanying photo: Luke Wieberg with Batman and Robin

Accompanying photo: Students with the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder

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