Let's call it school bus rock

By Nick Romano
September 09, 2017 at 02:55 PM EDT

Amid the star-studded XQ Super School Live television special on Friday night were Tom Hanks, James Corden, and the “Kids In America.” Corden brought his popular Carpool Karaoke segment to the hourlong multi-network event that “invited the public to help rethink the future of American high schools,” but there was a twist.

Instead of his usual antics with a celebrity guest in a car, Hanks picked him up in a school bus full of kids, who popped up from behind the seats when they got to the chorus of Kim Wilde’s “Kids In America.” (Watch the clip beginning at the 33:33 mark of the above video.)

“Big baby James and I have been blessed to live out our dreams everyday in this country that we love,” the Oscar winner said on the event’s main stage after the segment. “These kids deserve that same chance,” Corden added. “Let’s rebuild high school so they can fully realize who they are and what they’re capable of.”

Other celebrities appearing in the special were Justin Timberlake, U2, Chance the Rapper, Mahershala Ali, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Viola Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, J.J. Abrams, and Kelly Clarkson, to name a few.

XQ Super School Live aired across ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox Friday night in the hopes of pointing a spotlight on problems with the school system and the importance of supporting students and learning.

“In America, we know that one small step can become a walk on the moon,” Hanks said later in the program. “We know that one simple act of sitting on a bus can inspire an entire movement. We know that 272 words on a hill in Gettysburg can help heal a nation. We take problems and raise our hands to solve them. That’s what we do. That’s who we are. So tonight, let’s take that one small step to reshape our education system in this country because when we’re good, we’re great.”