Henryville students get surprise visit from Jennifer Lawrence's mom


by Renee Murphy


Posted on April 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 12 at 6:50 PM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- It’s the number one movie in America - "The Hunger Games" is breaking records at the box office and is a worldwide sensation based on a trilogy of books.

Thursday, a little piece of the movie came to Henryville High School students.

“It’s not much but it’s a little sunshine,” Karen Lawrence, Jennifer Lawrence's mother, said.

Jennifer is a Louisville native and plays the lead character Katniss Everdeen.  In the movie she wore a mockingjay pin.  It’s a symbol of hope and protection.

“We are here to bring a little bit of happiness,” Karen Lawrence said.

Lionsgate, the studio that produced The Hunger Games, sent students replicas of the pin used in the movie.

“We are here to help the children because they lost everything, they’ve lost their school,” Karen Lawrence said.

Jennifer’s mom and other family members handed out the pins to shocked students.  They were completely surprised.

“I think this is an extremely nice thing for them to do, especially since she’s so busy, for her mom to come down and do this,” one student said.

Another student said, “I didn’t expect somebody like really famous to come here.  I know we’ve been through a tornado and it tore up our school and everything but I didn’t expect that at all.”

Jennifer couldn’t be there because she is shooting a movie in Prague, but she did send a message to the kids letting them know she is thinking of them and praying for them.

The Lawrence family also had a special screening of the movie to raise money for Henryville High School and a local church that’s been helping tornado victims.