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Batman, Robin visit Special Learning Center

by Layne Stracener | April 29, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
Julie Smith/News Tribune Students react to the arrival of the Batmobile, otherwise known as a Corvette with the Batman logo adhered to it. The caped crusader Batman once again made an appearance at The Special Learning Center along. with his trusty sidekick Robin. The annual event has grown to be a time to which students and staff look forward.


Children dressed in superhero masks and capes clapped, cheered and waved, their eyes lighting up as Batman and Robin pulled up to the Special Learning Center on Thursday morning in their Batmobile.

Batman and Robin drive all the way from Gotham City once a year to visit the Special Learning Center. The tradition started about 10 years ago when the Special Learning Center sent the Bat-Signal to summon them for "Superhero Day," Batman said.

Batman said he loves seeing how happy the students are to see them, and he said these children are the real superheroes.

"They get to be like a superhero themselves, because they work very hard," he said.

Robin said it's rewarding to see the joy in the students' faces as they pull 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 pull up because when they see the car, their eyes just light up. We've got the cool Batmobile, so it really brings it all together."

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

Jackson Skain, a student at the Special Learning Center, dressed up 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 coming 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 the students.

"Superheroes come in all different shapes and sizes, but there's something magical about children's concept of what a superhero is -- Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman ..." Johnson said. "We know in the real world as grownups, the superheroes are the people who work here every day and come and change the lives of kids, but there's nothing more exciting than seeing the magic in a child's eyes when the Batmobile pulls up."

She said she's grateful Batman and Robin take time out of their busy schedules to make it a special day for the children.

"Several of the kids that come to the Special Learning Center have come through some tough obstacles in their infancy and childhood, and some will face those obstacles for the rest of their lives, so it's nice to sometimes take a break from all the hard work that we put in to help advance them," she said.

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

"A superhero is somebody who comes to the rescue of others," Johnson said. "A superhero is a concept of love, compassion, hope -- and that's what we're filled with here."

  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune The caped crusader Batman once again made an appearance at The Special Learning Center along. with his trusty sidekick Robin. The annual event has grown to be a time to which students and staff look forward. Adhesing a Batman logo to a Corvette, Batman and Robin pass by the school honking and waving much to the delight of the students, many of whom wear some sort of superhero costume or a tee shirt with their favorite hero. The purpose of the visit is to show that each child can be a superhero in their own way by listening to their teachers and parents, helping with a sibling or any number of things that show manners or respect.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune They have arrived. Batman and Robin pass by The Special Learning Center Thursday before entering the parking lot to see students on Superhero Day. The purpose of the visit is to show that each child can be a superhero in their own way by listening to their teachers and parents, helping with a sibling or any number of things that show manners or respect.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune Robin turns to wave to students from Lawson Elementary School as they gather at the playground fence next door to The Special Learning Center. Robin and Batman once again made an appearance at the school for Superhero Day. The annual event has grown to be a time to which students and staff look forward. The purpose of the visit is to show that each child can be a superhero in their own way by listening to their teachers and parents, helping with a sibling or any number of things that show manners or respect.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune Abby Fisher was thrilled to get to get inside the Batmobile Thursday during Batman and Robin's visit to The Special Learning Center for Superhero Day.
 
 

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

 


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