"Marvel's Captain America" Salutes a Whole School Full of Super Heroes

Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and their castmates connect via Skype with middle school students who raised money to educate a Ugandan orphan. Sponsored by Skype

There’s nothing more fun than seeing a superhero movie on the big screen -- unless it’s seeing a cast of movie superheroes recognizing the real-life super heroic efforts of a group of children. That was the surprise awaiting the students of the George Street Middle School in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, when they were invited to chat, via Skype video call, with the cast of “Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

The students, who have spent their school year raising funds to pay for the education of an eight-year-old Ugandan orphan, attended a special screening of the “Marvel’s Captain America” sequel on March 13. That coincided with the movie’s red carpet premiere in Los Angeles and, thanks to Skype and the cast’s desire to honor the students’ efforts, the teens were connected with Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and their castmates, live from the event.

The delighted students interacted with the stars, who praised their kind-hearted volunteer efforts. Johansson even tossed off a literal salute to the kids! The students also asked the celebrities questions. “Marvel’s Captain America” and “How I Met Your Mother” star Cobie Smulders revealed that her everyday hero is her daughter, Shaelyn, “the greatest person on the planet.”

The Canadian superkids’ were identified through Skype in the classroom, a free global education platform which enables teachers to connect with each other and guest speakers via Skype. Their fundraising efforts are benefitting one of Skype in the classroom’s partners, the CHAT to the Future project, which houses, educates, and cares for 17 orphaned Ugandan children in Kampala. The George Street students’ funds are helping to educate eight-year-old Kasiita Ben, and in addition to their financial efforts, the Canadian kids also chat with Ben and his classmates via Skype.

As for the latest movie, “Marvel ‘s Captain America: The Winter Solider” finds Evans’ titular hero, a.k.a. Steve Rogers, trying to live a peaceful life in Washington, D.C., working for espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D., and continuing to acclimate himself to the modern world. It’s a matter of the best laid plans, however, when Rogers is pulled into a mission that partners him with Black Widow (Johansson) as they try to help Nick Fury (Jackson) and save the world from an evil doer – Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) – with a surprising identity.

Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, and Robert Redford also star in the film, which has already sparked plans for a 2016 sequel.

And speaking of sequels, let’s all hope that in addition to a lifetime of superhero movies ahead of us, there will be many, many more “sequels” to the fine students of the George Street Middle School and their commitment to everyday heroics. For a peek at the excited students, the cast on the red-carpet and more, visit Skype.com/CaptainAmerica!

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