He saved Private Ryan, cracked the Da Vinci Code, brought a crippled spaceship back from the moon, and spent years on a desert island talking to a volleyball. Now, Tom Hanks may be headed to a tiny school’s homecoming.
The high school in Kerman, California, adopted a Tom Hanks theme for this year’s homecoming. Every class is building a float featuring one of Hanks’ movies. The town is small – about 14,000 people – but homecoming is huge and getting the star of “Big” to show up would make it even bigger.
The kids also launched a viral campaign using the hashtag #TomHanks2KermanHC and mashed up some of Hank’s best lines to encourage him to come.
“There’s no crying in baseball but there will be some crying in Kerman if you don’t show up to homecoming,” said one student, borrowing a line from ‘A League of Their Own.’
“This town isn’t big enough for the two of us–but I’ll leave if you come to Kerman,” another said, using Woody’s line to Buzz Lightyear in ‘Toy Story.’
It worked, and caught the actor’s attention, who replied–surprising everyone on Twitter.
Gear up, Kerman High School for Homecoming! I’m working on something for the Festivites! Hanx— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) September 1, 2015
“Oh my gosh, I would be so excited for the kids,” Assistant Principal Margaret Nichols told ABC News. “Just to see their excitement would mean everything.”
Hanks is not saying what he’s planning — whether he’s going to be there or have some other surprise for the students. It’s kind of like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get, at least not until homecoming on October 9th.
(WATCH the video below from KFSN) Photo: #TomHanks2KermanHC on Twitter, and Angela George, CC
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