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Heroes descend on Mt. Juliet for Youth Leadership Wilson food drive

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West Elementary School was abuzz with heroes when local high school students donned super costumes and collected food for Wilson County students Saturday.

It was a heroic event as Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Snow White, a variety of princesses and other fun characters milled about and collected canned goods for the second annual Youth Leadership Wilson fundraiser food drive.

Visitors (as in the little kind) came dressed up as well and met the student organizers, fitting mentors as they told the children what made their particular character so special. The only admission was a can of food. All food collected will go to Wilson County Schools and the Lebanon Special School District.

Leadership Wilson Executive Director Dorie Mitchell explained Saturday's event was one of two planned for the county, with the second scheduled for Castle Heights Elementary in Lebanon on Saturday, March 4, from 9 until 11 a.m.

"A lot of people don't know there are many hungry kids in our local schools," she said. "Every high school in Wilson County, both private and public, selected five students to take part from their junior class."

At West, about 100 children came to see their favorite characters, with a total of about 250 people in attendance.

In addition to the pageantry, there were other goodies for the children and even an autograph book for their heroes to sign.

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