First lady Melania Trump voyaged to the Detroit suburbs Monday to speak to middle school students and participate in a 'No One Eats Alone' anti-bullying event, which the Michigan school was participating in.
'I encourage you to find a new friend and eat with your new friend,' the first lady told students at Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield. 'Ask them what they like, what their hobbies are so nobody becomes sad or stressed and everybody feels included,' she instructed.
FLOTUS was there as part of National Bullying Prevention Month and kicked off what the White House is calling the 'Week of Inclusion,' with the 'No One Eats Alone' event aiming to get students to reach out to their peers to make sure everyone has someone to sit with at lunch.
As she walked around the cafeteria, the first lady noticed how some tables were all boys or all girls, and encouraged the students to branch out, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The trip marked the first lady making good on a campaign trail promise to devote time to curbing bullying, though her timing could be mocked, as her husband spent Monday morning swiping back at a Gold Star widow after she went on ABC's Good Morning America and told George Stephanopoulos that President Trump couldn't remember her late husband's name.
First lady Melania Trump (right) is seen giving a squeeze to a middle school student (left) at Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield, Michigan, on Monday
First lady Melania Trump visited the school, which participates in the 'No One Eats Alone,' program, as a way to make sure all students have someone to eat lunch with
First lady Melania Trump visited a classroom too, as she spoke with sixth grade students about being inclusive and being nice to their peers
Melania Trump took her first solo trip to address one of the issues she pledged to deal with as first lady, that of bullying
Melania Trump, having plopped down with a group of sixth graders, was fulfilling what started as a campaign promise, as she pledged last October she would take up issues like bullying as first lady of the United States
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (left) accompanied first lady Melania Trump (right) on a school visit today in Michigan as part of National Bullying Prevention Month
Melania Trump, who has defended her husband attacking those who have criticized him – warning that he will punch back harder – told students in the lunch room, 'I think it's important that we choose kindness and compassion.'
She was greeted with hugs and selfie requests, alongside Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
The two women also visited the sixth grade classroom of teacher Susie Aisner, who runs a twice-weekly 'Viking Huddle' program, where students focus on 'social emotional learning,' the White House said.
'I always believe that you need to treat each other with respect and kindness and compassion, but also stay true to yourself,' Melania Trump said. 'Just listen to your heart, but be yourself.'
Last October, with just weeks to go in the campaign, Melania Trump spoke at an athletic facility in the suburbs of Philadelphia vowing to take on cyberbullying if she were to become first lady.
'As adults, many of us are able to handle mean words – even lies. Children and teenagers can be fragile,' the future first lady said. 'They hurt when they are made fun of or made to feel less in looks or intelligence. This makes their life hard and forces them to hide and retreat.'
'Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough especially to children and to teenagers,' Melania Trump added.
Critics of the Trumps were swift to point out that candidate Trump had used Twitter to nickname and mock his opponents – such as 'Lyin'' Ted Cruz, 'Lil' Marco Rubio and, eventually 'Crooked' Hillary Clinton – a practice he has continued as president, as he's resurrected the moniker 'Crooked Hillary' in recent weeks and invented a new nickname, 'Liddle' Bob Corker, when he was feuding with the Tennessee Republican earlier this month.
Speaking to CNN, Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham explained that the first lady had been doing research for her platform when she learned about #NoOneEatsAlone, a project created by the group Beyond Differences, which encourages students to make sure all of their peers have someone to eat lunch with at school.
'She wants to talk to kids about the importance of being inclusive and the negative effects of social isolation,' Grisham told CNN's Kate Bennett.
In her own statement, the first lady had previewed the trip to the school.
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