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Students at an elementary school for autistic children in New York got the surprise of their lives last week when they received a visit from Jennifer Lopez.

The Bronx-born 38-year-old dropped in to the school – known as PS37 on Staten Island – after she received a letter from students asking for an autograph. A teacher at the school, Kathy Amati, had been using a video of the singer’s hit Let’s Get Loud during class time to enhance their coordination and listening skills. She suggested the children write to Lopez – but never expected the singer to arrive at her class’ graduation.

“The kids don’t even really understand how famous she is,” said Amati. “They just really like her singing and dancing.”

Lopez spent time talking to the 10- and 11-year-old students during her visit, and also performed Let’s Get Loud on stage with them.

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