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Students Discover Special Powers During 'Super Hero Academy'

When you list your favorite superheroes, names like Batman or Superman probably come to mind. But, some young students found their own powers during a unique summer school program.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) When you list your favorite superheroes, names like Batman or Superman probably come to mind.

But would you ever put yourself on the list?

The newest group of superheroes remind us that, in fact, there is a hero in all of us.

First graders at Eugene Field Elementary in St. Joseph are learning what it takes through a unique summer school program.

"We've been learning the characteristics of a superhero, what it takes to be a superhero, and then we've been learning different powers,"  said Lalena Simpson, first grade teacher.

Before the kids save the day, their training begins inside the classroom.

"They have to go through a series of games and activities that teach them how to be a superhero. We read story books to them and teach them how to be superheroes," said Joseph "Flash" DuFrain, volunteer.

Once their classes are completed, the superheroes-in-training must pass a final test.

"We are going to assess all the skills and knowledge they have gained throughout the academy. And we have our superhero training lab today to put all those things to the test," added Simpson.

The training lab is the final step to becoming a superhero.

"In order to graduate from the Super Hero Academy, they have to do a variety of obstacles and tasks at the training lab," said Simpson.

The obstacles include crossing a bridge guarded by mutant snakes, lifting the million-pound muscle bar, maneuvering through a laser maze, and bouncing their way to save the day.

"The most enjoyable part has definitely been the smiles on their faces whenever I come in with a superhero costume on me," said DuFrain.

Along with the reading, the first graders at Eugene Field also learned writing skills and participated in science experiments as part of the Super Hero Academy.
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