First lady Melania marks one year of her “Be Best” campaign as she continues to strive to educate and encourage children throughout the world.
On Tuesday, the White House held an anniversary celebration for Melania’s initiative, launched on May 7, 2018, with a mission to highlight children’s well-being and combating the opioid crisis.
One year after it’s launch, Melania acknowledged that over the past year, her office has listened to families about situations that affect the next generation of children, and is now expanding two of the initiative’s three pillars.
On Tuesday, the First Lady announced that she is expanding one pillar to include online safety and expanding the focus of her opioid crisis pillar to include children of all ages.
President Trump, accompanied by Vice President Pence, attended Tuesday’s ceremony at the Rose Garden in support of First Lady Melania.
“There is no greater gift you can give to this country,” Melania said, thanking the organizations who have partnered with her campaign to help children around the world.
Through out her campaign, the first lady has visited schools, hospitals, children’s centers, 15 U.S. states, and nine international countries, in an attempt to promote and highlight her initiative. She has also met with over 30 foreign diplomats and head of state spouses.
The First Lady reiterated her goal with “Be Best” to “help children reach their full potential so they can grow up happy, healthy and contribute positively to society and the world.”
“With that goal always in mind, we must continue our work to do what we can to affect positive change for our children,” she added.
“In my time as first lady of the United States, I will continue to make every effort to promote the many successful well-being, character, and education programs that exist today,” first lady Melania vowed.
She continued: “I will continue speaking with and learning from leaders in technology industry in order to raise awareness around the importance of safe and positive online behaviors. I will continue working with those who are fighting the epidemic and stigma of drug addiction. I will continue to travel and speak to children directly about some of the challenges they face every day. I’m committed to visiting more schools, hospitals, organizations, and companies to promote ‘Be Best.’”
In addition, Melania announced that she will be embarking on an international trip this fall to promote “Be Best.” The first lady didn’t reveal the location as “details are still coming together.”
She also her hope that “together we can be best at helping children and families find effective ways to educate themselves and become part of the solution to so many problems and issues facing kids today.”
“Let’s join together in committing to help children dream big, think big, and do all they can to be best in everything they do,” first lady Melania declared in her closing remarks.