A long time ago in a galaxy not so very far away, my boyfriend, dragged me to what I thought was going to be a stupid war movie. By night's end I was bombing the Death Star with Luke Skywalker, using the imaginary firing button on the armrest of my seat. I was smitten. The boyfriend didn’t like STAR WARS, A NEW HOPE. I dumped him.
Since that day I have dreamed of meeting Luke Skywalker, and last Thursday my wish came true. The amazing Mark Hamill came to our school and spent time with our 5th and 6th grade students. He answered what seemed like a thousand questions with generosity, humor, and graciousness. The man is a genuine Jedi through and through.
Mark was a wonderful inspiration to the kids. He told them to follow their hearts and they can achieve anything in this world. Here here, Mark Hamill.
Here are a few wide-eyed revelations from the 5th grade trenches about our awesome guest:
He does so many amazing different voices. Robyn
He loves video games and is the voice on some of our favorites. Jerry and Fernanda
He came from a big family that moved around a lot. Lexi and Cade
He’s a regular dad with kids. Gage
He wasn’t popular or an athlete in school. Rylee and Kayla
He was student council president. Hunter and Alex
He’s a writer and created the Black Pearl comic. Tyler and Kyle
He is a director too. Rylee
He says he’s a comic book geek. Kait
He likes the weird/cool Star Wars characters like Yoda and Darth Vader. Rian
He was the last human filming on THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK with puppets and snakes. Ava
I had a tear in my eye when Mark shared that if he were to be anything besides an actor, he’d be a teacher. I remain smitten.
The force was definitely with us. Thank you, Mark Hamill for being our shining star.