Batman is coming to Union County.

Alvin Day, director of Drug Free Union County, met Batman in Portland, Indiana in April.

Suzie, his wife, wanted to go to Portland to see Batman. He arrived at Rock Ministries in the Batmobile.

Batman talked about his life: being in jail, getting it expunged, going to Iraq as a firefighter. He then started talking about an 8-year-old boy who has cancer. Alvin and Suzie went to a nearby restaurant for lunch. It is there Day met the 8-year-old boy who had terminal cancer. During the meal, the boy came over and hugged Day and Suzie.

The next week Batman delivered the message at Suzie's home church in Portland. They went back to listen to him. Batman has a foundation where they pay for specialized caskets for children. When the young boy died of cancer in July, the foundation bought him a casket that looks like Flash.
Superheroes were the child's pallbearers.

There are posters that are on sale around the community for $5 apiece, and the money from the sales go to the foundation.

But more than that, Batman is going to give messages to the schools on bullying, suicide, school violence and drugs. Batman has been bullied, tried suicide and got into drugs.

“I know the kids are getting tired of me and Jeff Mathews getting up and telling them not to do drugs,” Day said. “They're bored with that. He gives a good message.”

It would take $6,000 to have Batman in the area for five days. When Day balked at the figure, Batman suggested Day work with the surrounding counties, and Batman will go to four schools per day for four days and then have a community event at Union County High School on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Day went around to the different entities set up to fight underage drinking and drug use like Stayin Alive in Franklin County. He went to Franklin, Fayette and Wayne counties, getting them on board. Thus, together they raised the money for Batman to come to the area and visit schools.

He will arrive on Oct. 13 and stay at the Hampton Inn in Richmond. The Batmobile will stay at the Hampton Inn while he is in the area.

His UC schedule includes UCHS auditorium at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 14. At 9:40 a.m., he will be at the UCMS gymnasium.

Then, at 12:45 p.m., Batman will be at College Corner Union School. Less than two hours later at 2 p.m., Batman will appear at Liberty Elementary School.

Finally, on Saturday, Oct. 19, Batman and the Batmobile will make an appearance at the UCHS gym from 10 a.m. to noon. He will take a photo with every child who attends. Everything is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

“It's a good thing,” Day said. “It's a great thing to bring to the community.”

Batman has a Facebook page Heroes for Higher.

And the posters for the foundation can be found at the Union County Health Department, the Union County Public Library, and all the county schools. They are $5 apiece, and all the money goes to buy specialized caskets for children and for funeral expenses.

All of the programs in the county are being sponsored by Union County Drug Free. Also, UC Drug Free has 1,300 wrist bands available.