Kevin Hart surprises Philadelphia students with encouragement, new book ‘Marcus Makes it Big’

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — North Philly native actor and comedian Kevin Hart surprised students in Brewerytown on Friday morning.

He attended some excited kids at Robert Morris Elementary School.

Hart says growing up, he never met real-life examples of people who had a dream and were successful.

He brought his story to the children along with copies of his book and words of encouragement and wisdom.

“It’s about getting the excitement behind a dream and staying true to your beliefs,” says Hart.

Hart also says that in order to achieve those dreams, you need to make smart financial decisions. It’s the plan of action he shared with nearly 200 enthusiastic students.

“I relate to the kids because I’ve been where they are,” says Hart. “I think being able to connect real people to real moments is extremely important. When you’re able to sit down like a kid in the same seat and say, ‘I remember when I was there. ‘I remember the things I didn’t have.’ It is important.”

Hart’s visit was part of a new partnership with JPMorgan Chase, Book Trust and the Philadelphia School District to advance literacy and financial literacy.

The kids made vision boards about what they would do with their dreams and money.

“Seeing kids put down things like family or a house or food are the things that kids think about at that age,” he says. “These are the things they save money for and want to earn in life.

“It’s a nice thing that they’re already thinking about it at this age.”

Kevin brought the students copies of his latest book, Marcus Makes it Big.

“My message is: just have a dream and believe in that dream,” he says. “Don’t let anything or anyone stop you, no matter how big, no matter how crazy.”

As an author, Hart says he started writing the books he wanted as a child, with characters who resemble him and share his dream.

“Marcus makes great” is out now.

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