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Marc Anthony And J.Lo Go Back To School

Singer Jennifer Lopez poses with students at the P.S. 36 school in the Bronx to announce her upcoming Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony En Concierto tour in New York,Tuesday Sept. 25, 2007. The tour kicks off Friday, Sept. 28, in Atlantic City, N.J.
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Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez went back to school in the Bronx Tuesday to hold a press conference about their upcoming tour.

Elementary students at P.S. 36 Unionport School were lined up outside and inside the school, shaking orange pom-poms and chanting "J.Lo and Marc" as cameras rolled.

After a trip through the school hallways, the couple was ushered into an assembly hall where the audience was a mix of screaming kids - with more pom-poms - and members of the media.

Although she attended a different school in the Bronx, she felt right at home with the screaming kids.

"You can be rowdy, it's okay. We're in the Bronx!" Lopez told the children.

Lopez credits her Bronx upbringing for giving her a strong foundation in life.


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"This is my core, this is where my stability was built," she said. "Everything that I've been able to accomplish, everything that I go through, all the highs and lows, whatever it is, I get through it because of where I came from. And I came from here."

Lopez and Anthony kick off their concert tour in Atlantic City Friday. It's the first time Lopez has ever toured, even though she's released six albums.

"I've built up some material over the years that I never got to perform," she said.

Although the order of the show hasn't been finalized, Anthony and Lopez will each perform songs individually, in both Spanish and English, as well as several songs together.

There's one song, though, that they may not agree about.

"I've been lobbying because I want to sing 'Jenny From The Block,'" Anthony joked, referring to one of Lopez's signature songs.

Lopez and Anthony also announced that they have selected the ING Run For Something Better Campaign as the chosen charity for their tour. The charity supports community and school-based running programs for kids.

"For me, it was really a great thing to find a charity where they were talking about running, because I used to run track and it was such a big part of my life," Lopez said, noting that childhood obesity is a problem among Latino children. "Every concert there will be a booth setup and you can donate ten dollars and you will get these little symbolic laces saying that you're running for something better in your life."

One dollar for every ticket sold will also be donated to the charity.

The North American tour will run through Nov. 4, ending with a concert in Orlando.