First Lady Melania Trump visited the Dove School of Discovery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Monday, kicking off a three-state tour in efforts to promote the three components of her Be Best childhood initiative.
The Dove School of Discovery is an elementary school that the White House says incorporates character education in its curriculum. The Tulsa pre-K to sixth grade school opened in 2009, and currently has 386 students enrolled. Last year the school was among 2018 National Schools of Character named by Character.org.
Although the visit was on a snow day, many children still came in to see the first lady. The children knew they had a special visitor, but were not aware of who it was until the last minute for security reasons.
Mrs. Trump appeared to enjoy the visit with the children as much as they enjoyed meeting her.
She spoke with one particular second-grader who shared an earful about the ups and down of homework.
“You wished you didn’t have homework?” Mrs. Trump said to the girl at Dove School of Discovery in Tulsa. “Well, everyone wishes that, but it’s important.” The first lady suggested the girl spend an hour on homework “so you’re prepared for the next day,” according to the Associated Press.
An hour of homework would be on the low end for a second-grader nowadays.
After Tulsa, Mrs.Trump visited Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Washington, where an employee demonstrated how he uses technology to limit his teenagers’ screen time and select the websites they can access, as well as addressing security issues.
Being Your Best
The Be Best initiative was created to support the many successful well-being programs providing tools and skills required for emotional, social, and physical health. The three main pillars of the program focus on children’s well-being, their social media use, and avoiding opioid abuse.
The campaign will also promote established organizations, programs, and people who are helping children overcome some of the issues they face growing up in the modern world.
On the Be Best page of the White House website, Mrs. Trump’s quote highlights the core of the Be Best challenge and mission. “It remains our generation’s moral imperative to take responsibility and help our children manage the many issues they are facing today, including encouraging positive social, emotional, and physical habits…”
She has set high goals for the cause while recognizing some of the most important issues kids face today.