The students thought they were going to spend the day learning about flying from NASA scientists. Then the white stretch limo pulled up, and out stepped Jackie Chan.
"When I saw him my heart started to beat fast," 11-year-old Shatasha McPhatter said. "I felt like I was dreaming."
The action star came to the city's Achievable Dream school Monday to film an episode of "The NASA "Why' Files," to be broadcast on public television stations.
After the filming, Chan visited classrooms, answered questions and even performed a kung fu move. He said he agreed to take part in the NASA program to promote learning.
"Anything that can help children about education, I go," he said.
Chan's episode is scheduled to air March 14.