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Andrew Garfield swings in on school kids in New York City

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Apr 27, 2014 | 11:16am EDT

The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield delighted children at an elementary school in the Bronx, New York on Friday (25Apr14) by swinging by to pay them a surprise visit. The actor, who plays Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego in the rebooted movie franchise, dropped in on kids at Public School 43 with director Marc Webb to encourage the young students to exercise their inner superheroes too as part of Sony Pictures' Be Amazing campaign. During the visit, Garfield took over the school's public address (PA) system and led the children in a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance of the U.S., but quipped, "This is Andrew Garfield, also known as Peter Parker, also known as Spider-Man, also known as the British guy who doesn't know the words of the Pledge of Allegiance." He also read his favourite book, Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You Will Go, to one class of students and recruited a handful of kids to shoot a public service announcement for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, a charity which provides help and support for orphans. At the end of the two-hour visit, Garfield told the New York Daily News, "Spider-Man is not an alien like Superman or a rich bazillionaire (sic) like Bruce Wayne (Batman's secret identity); he's a kid and a kid doing his best. I think that's why we all feel like Spider-Man." The Be Amazing campaign was launched in conjunction with officials at the NYC Service volunteer organisation to mark the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Garfield's co-stars Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan also embarked on similar school missions throughout the Big Apple on Friday, before they all reunited to attend an assembly at the Joseph Pulitzer Middle School in Queens, New York. Garfield previously pulled off a similar charity surprise for kids at an after-school programme in London.

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